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Secretary of the Army won't get rid of Gay solider's talking to him 'off the record'……

In a acknowledgement that taking action against gay solider’s talking to him ‘off the record’ would chill the air US Army Secretary John McHugh has made it clear that off the record means that just that….off the record….and that he will not apply the ‘Don’t ask……Don’t Tell’ rules to the gay soldiers who speak to him frankly…….

Under the current law, known as “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” service members who declare that they are gay would have to be discharged, but McHugh indicated he would not pursue any discharges against soldiers who make those statements in private conversations with him.

“I have had men and women in uniform approach me and declare that they were gay and give me their opinion,” McHugh told reporters at a defense writers breakfast. “I don’t consider, under the current way forward, that an open and honest discussion that is required in the secretary’s directive is an outing.”

President Barack Obama wants to see the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” law scrapped, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has tasked military service leaders with assessing the force’s position on implementing a repeal of the Clinton-era law.



McHugh must have got beatup a little…..He isses this statement a day later…..

“With regard to the three soldiers who shared their views and thoughts with me on ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,’ I might better have counseled them that statements about their sexual orientation could not be treated as confidential and could result in their separation under the law,” McHugh said.

But will stick to original statement not to go after those who spoke to him off the record…….

Despite the need to clarify those comments, McHugh indicated that no action will be taken against those soldiers who told him that they were gay.

“Because of the informal and random manner in which these engagements occurred, I am unable to identify these soldiers and I am not in a position to formally pursue the matter,” McHugh said.

Good Man!….


March 31, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , ,

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