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The Pentagon bumps review of 'Don't Ask…Don't Tell' cases up to senior staff……

Defense Secretary Robert Gates testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 24, 2010, before a House Defense subcommittee hearing on the Defense Department's budget overview. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

[ Defense Secretary Robert Gates ]

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the military will no longer open investigations into the sexual orientation of service members based on anonymous complaints, will restrict testimony from third parties and will require high-ranking officers to review all cases.

The changes will take effect immediately.

The Pentagon is moving ahead on the assumption that Congress will overturn the ban on gays serving openly, but when or if that will happen remains uncertain. Republican opposition to a change is strong, and some influential Democrats — including Rep. Ike Skelton (Mo.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee — agree.

The Dog feels that the White House (the force behind this action ) is smart to do this in small pieces and not in one grand stroke….letting the move filter down thru the ranks and before making the eventual ban of gays in the military expire….which will have to come from the Congress….

The discarding on the ban will not make the actions against gays stop…but at least they will have to not have the services detaching them…..letting the United States military catch up with other military’s, police department’s  and government agencies in accepting there are gays quietly serving with honor in their ranks…..

March 25, 2010 - Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , ,

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