Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Don't Ask, Don't Tell - Updates
The Military's "homosexual ban" is resurfacing as an issue these past few days. We've previously blogged about it here and here.
Last week's Saturday Night Live skit noting that Obama has failed to deliver repealing "don't ask, don't tell," DADT (as well as other initiatives) has been getting some press, such as in WaPo here and Alex Koppleman on Salon here.
Yesterday, New York's junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand argued in Politico here that the "right time" is "now" to repeal DADT. She stated that Senate hearings will soon be held on DADT, the first hearings in sixteen years.
The House of Representatives Bill, HR 1283, is entitled the "Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009." Introduced last March, it would "amend title 10, United States Code, to enhance the readiness of the Armed Forces by replacing the current policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces, referred to as `Don't Ask, Don't Tell', with a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."
A stimulating 90 minute panel discussion on the policy and bill is available as video and MP3 on the ACS website here. Virtually missing from the panel presentation (and panelists), however, was the gendered perspective, see here.
I hope this topic starts to get more attention from the public and our elected leaders. DADT is a failed policy and it's time for it to end.
My colleagues and I have a blog and a podcast and we talked about DADT this week and we'll be talking about same-sex civil rights again next week.
Keep up the good work. Your blog is great!
Posted by: brandonwaite | Oct 19, 2009 4:41:09 PM