Gays in the Military
January 30, 2010
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Tuesday will be an interesting day to watch what’s going on in the halls of Congress. The Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled a hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on a host of important issues, including the Defense Authorization Request for FY2011, the 2011 Quadrennial Defense Review, the 2011 Missile Defense Review, and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy.
Of course, all of these topics have extreme importance to our national security. But what is of interest to this blogger is the portion of the hearing on dedicated to DADT.
As you may recall, on Wednesday, President Obama included in 38 words in his 7000+ word lecture to Congress, also referred to as the State of the Union.
“This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. It’s the right thing to do.”
Today in the Washington Post, it says that the Defense Department would initiate a “several-year process in lifting its ban on gays from serving openly in the military.”
Now I am aware that implementing the change may take several years. It took five years back in 1948 to implement the executive order given by President Harry Truman for racial integration. But the expulsion of servicemembers should be halted immediately!
WaPo goes on to say that the review will delve into practical issues that surround changing the law. But I have a question. How are they going to talk to gay people who are currently serving, if they can’t “tell” and the military leaders can’t “ask?”