As we all know, Congress was not able to pass a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
It’s looking like DADT will be cut from the National Defense Authorization Act. This, if I understand it correctly, is the bill which Congress passes the Defense Budget. If DADT gets cut here, NDAA might pass more quickly. Senator Carl Levin is thinking about cutting the DADT repeal from the bill in order to get a working budget as soon as possible.
Also, with Obama appealing the lawsuit filed by the Log Cabin Republicans, this will delay, if not completely cut off this avenue to have all members of society serving openly and freely.
So, what can we do? Can we petition Obama to drop his appeal? We need to call him out on this. We need all avenues open as much as possible. However, vacuous terms like “effective unit readiness” have been thrown around. No one with an objection to the repeal of DADT has come up with one shred of evidence that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly will damage any part of the military, or unit readiness, cohesion, or morale. If you know of a REAL argument for keeping DADT, please, share them.
Here’s hoping for a happy ending to this tale.