Gates Says New Military Policy on
Gays Can Start Soon

 

Thom Shanker and Elisabeth Bumiller
The New York Times
January 27, 2011

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said that the military could be ready this year to carry out the repeal of a ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the armed forces, and that he has accelerated efforts to revise training and regulations.

“We don’t know how long it’ll take to train the entire force, but I’m confident we can get it done this year, and we’re shooting to get it done sooner rather than later,” Mr. Gates said late Wednesday as he flew to Ottawa for meetings with his Canadian counterpart. “We will move as fast as we responsibly can.”

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Judge Orders Military to Stop Enforcing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

 

Adam Levine
CNN
October 12, 2010

A federal judge ordered Tuesday that the U.S. military stop enforcing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Judge Virginia Phillips ordered the military “immediately to suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding, that may have been commenced” under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

To read the story at the CNN web site, click here.

For additional reporting on this story, click the links below.

Federal Judge Bars Enforcement Of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,  The Wonk Room, October 12, 2010

Judge Bars DADT Enforcement,   Advocate.com,  October 12, 2010

Senate Panel and House Vote to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Julian E. Barnes
Los Angeles Times (Tribune Washington Bureau)
May 28, 2010

A proposal to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military passed two critical tests Thursday, with the House of Representatives and an important Senate committee endorsing a compromise to end the divisive “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

In a late-night vote in the House, lawmakers endorsed an amendment that would repeal the ban, 234 to 194. In the largely party-line vote, 26 Democrats joined 168 Republicans in opposition. Five Republicans supported the repeal.

To read the full story at the Los Angeles Times, click here.

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Gets Critical 15th Vote In Senate Committee

 

Mark Memmott
THE two-way (NPR news blog)
May 27, 2010

It looks like those who favor repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that bars gays from openly serving in the military have the crucial 15th vote they need in the Senate Armed Services Committee.

To follow the story on THE two-way, the NPR news blog, click here.

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For additional information on this issue, please refer to the following reports:

INTERVIEW: Rep. Murphy Responds To Critics, Predicts DADT Will Be Repealed ‘Shortly After’ Study   Think Progress: The Wonk Room, May 26, 2010

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: How do Other Countries Treat Gay Soldiers?   The Christian Science Monitor, May 26, 2010

About “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”   Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

Gates Agrees to Proposal to Repeal Gay Ban

 

The Associated Press
May 25, 2010

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For additional information on this issue, please refer to the following reports:

Brown Says No to Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask’   Boston Globe, May 26, 2010

Editorial: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Compromise Good, But Not Good Enough  Los Angeles Times, May 26, 2010

Rep. Murphy: Dems Have The Votes For DADT Repeal  TPM, May 25, 2010

The Text of Lieberman’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal  The Washington Independent,  May 25, 2010

White House Green-lights DADT Repeal   The Advocate, May 24, 2010

The Rachel Maddow Show – MSNBC,  May 24, 2010

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
Online Inbox Goes Live

 

Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
May 5, 2010

A new online inbox that enables servicemembers and their families to comment anonymously about the impact of a possible repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law has gone live.

The inbox will enable servicemembers and families to offer their thoughts about how a repeal of the law that prohibits gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military might affect military readiness, military effectiveness and unit cohesion, recruiting and retention, and family readiness, a defense official explained.

To read the full press release on the defense.gov web site, click here.

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Additional information on this story can be found at the links below:

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Online Suggestion Inbox Goes Live  RealMilitaryNetwork.com,  May 6, 2010

DADT Online Inbox – For military service members and their families only   US Air Force

Mullen Deserves Medal for Senate Testimony
Backing Open Military Service by Gays

 

Dana Milbank
The Washington Post
February 3, 2010

Mike Mullen’s 42 years in the military earned him a chest full of ribbons, but never did he do something braver than what he did on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

In a packed committee room, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff looked hostile Republican senators in the eye and told them unwelcome news: He thinks gays should be allowed to serve openly in the armed forces he commands.

“Speaking for myself and myself only, it is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do,” the nation’s top military officer told the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

To read the full story in The Washington Post, click here.