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President Barack Obama signs ‘don’t ask’ repeal

 

President Barack Obama gives a 'thumbs-up' sign after signing the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010. | AP Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed legislation ending the 17-year ban on gays in the military, declaring that sexual orientation can no longer determine who is allowed to serve in uniform.

“For we are not a nation that says, ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ ” Obama told 500 guests at a packed signing ceremony at the Interior Department. “We are a nation that says, ‘Out of many, we are one.’ ”

 

As they applauded his arrival, Obama told them he was “overwhelmed” and that it was a “very good day.”

He thanked Democrats and the few Republicans who worked on the legislation ending the military’s prohibition on gays serving openly. But he saved his warmest praise for the leaders of the Pentagon and the troops themselves.

“History will remember well the courage and vision of Secretary Gates, of Adm. Mike Mullen, who spoke from the heart and said what he believed was right,” he said.

The policy will stay in effect until Obama and military leaders determine when the ranks are ready to do away with it, he said. But the president — who pledged during the 2010 midterm campaign that the policy would be dismantled “on my watch” — promised swift action.

“We are not going to be dragging our feet to get this done,” he said, even predicting that years from now, people will wonder “why was there ever a source of controversy in the first place.”

More….

 

December 22, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

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 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

American's are all right with abandoning "Don't Ask…Don't Tell"…is the Military?

This from PolitcalWire…..

Americans Back Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

A new Quinnipiac poll finds that Americans by a 57% to 36% margin think homosexuals should be able to openly serve in the U.S. military.
Voters also say by a 66% to 31% margin that the current policy of not allowing openly gay men and women to serve is discrimination.

Here’s another link on the issue from the Servicememebers Legal Defense Network………

February 10, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Religion, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

American’s are all right with abandoning “Don’t Ask…Don’t Tell”…is the Military?

This from PolitcalWire…..

Americans Back Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

A new Quinnipiac poll finds that Americans by a 57% to 36% margin think homosexuals should be able to openly serve in the U.S. military.
Voters also say by a 66% to 31% margin that the current policy of not allowing openly gay men and women to serve is discrimination.

Here’s another link on the issue from the Servicememebers Legal Defense Network………

February 10, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Religion, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

New York Senator Gillibrand addressed the Human Rights Campaign last Saturday……

Gillibrand Plays Base

Senator Gillibrand got a rollicking reception at a gala dinner for the Human Rights Campaign on Saturday night, when she said she’ll try to starve Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell of any federal funding.

“Tonight I am announcing that I plan to introduce an amendment to the budget that will bar the use of funds for the enforcement of this policy,” she said to sustained applause, punctuated with a few whoops and hollers.

That Ms. Gillibrand drew a raucous reception from the gay-rights community–which has done as much as any issue group to discourage a primary challengeto the appointed senator–is, perhaps, somewhat ironic given her uneasy place in the LGBT universe upon her appointment, just over a year ago.

It’s just the the kind of rousing address that Ms. Gillibrand–who has had her unspectacular moments in the spotlight–needs to deliver consistently as she tries to thwart a primary challenge from former CongressmanHarold Ford Jr., who seems to relish his time in front of the cameras.

Interesting…The former Blue Dog House member is trying to ride ‘Don’t Ask …Don’t Tell’ to Liberal Heaven…..

By the way…Where was Chuck Schumer?……hiding behind the curtain?

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , | 1 Comment

'Don't Ask ….Don't Tell' didn't last one day……..

I did a post yesterday on “Don’t Ask…Don’t Tell’,  in which I said ……..’The Dog cautions everyone to wait for when the debate goes public.’..

……well, here it is one day later and ……And the leading House Democrat on military policy  (Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) said Friday that …’he opposes repealing the law that bans openly gay people from serving in the military’.

Seventeen years ago, Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) played a major role in crafting the controversial law known as “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” When President Bill Clinton wanted to lift the ban preventing gay people from joining the military, Skelton opposed the move. The end result was a compromise under which gay service members would conceal their sexual orientation.

He said the full House Armed Services Committee won’t hold a hearing on the repeal of the law. Rather, the Personnel subcommittee will hold the hearing at some point this year.

Skelton also said he would oppose efforts to repeal the law in Congress — setting the stage for a potentially intense debate within his own committee with Democrats who want to see the law repealed.

Meanwhile, Skelton’s Senate counterpart, Carl Levin (D-Mich.), said that the Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the issue at the end of January.

The issue is Dead on Arrival…..another gay related issue put in the shelf…..

January 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Health, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Religion, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

‘Don’t Ask ….Don’t Tell’ didn’t last one day……..

I did a post yesterday on “Don’t Ask…Don’t Tell’,  in which I said ……..’The Dog cautions everyone to wait for when the debate goes public.’..

……well, here it is one day later and ……And the leading House Democrat on military policy  (Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) said Friday that …’he opposes repealing the law that bans openly gay people from serving in the military’.

Seventeen years ago, Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) played a major role in crafting the controversial law known as “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” When President Bill Clinton wanted to lift the ban preventing gay people from joining the military, Skelton opposed the move. The end result was a compromise under which gay service members would conceal their sexual orientation.

He said the full House Armed Services Committee won’t hold a hearing on the repeal of the law. Rather, the Personnel subcommittee will hold the hearing at some point this year.

Skelton also said he would oppose efforts to repeal the law in Congress — setting the stage for a potentially intense debate within his own committee with Democrats who want to see the law repealed.

Meanwhile, Skelton’s Senate counterpart, Carl Levin (D-Mich.), said that the Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the issue at the end of January.

The issue is Dead on Arrival…..another gay related issue put in the shelf…..

January 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Health, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Religion, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Will 'Don't Ask….Don't Tell' be cast aside this year?

While this piece relates that the Obama White House is seeking to discard the policy…..The Dog cautions everyone to wait for when the debate goes public…..as with the gay-marriage issue…good intentions sometimes don’t survive concentrated political attacks…..

Here’s the pice from PoliticalWire…..

DADT May Be Headed For Repeal This Year

“Congressional negotiators and White House officials are moving forward with plans to add the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to the upcoming defense authorization bill,” according to the Huffington Post.

“In Congress, members are being whipped to ensure that the votes will be there for passage, should the legislation be placed in the bill. At this juncture, aides say, the prospects look good. Meanwhile, a source close to the White House says the president has instructed the Defense Department that he believes the repeal of

January 14, 2010 Posted by | Education, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Religion, Updates, Women | , | 4 Comments

Will ‘Don’t Ask….Don’t Tell’ be cast aside this year?

While this piece relates that the Obama White House is seeking to discard the policy…..The Dog cautions everyone to wait for when the debate goes public…..as with the gay-marriage issue…good intentions sometimes don’t survive concentrated political attacks…..

Here’s the pice from PoliticalWire…..

DADT May Be Headed For Repeal This Year

“Congressional negotiators and White House officials are moving forward with plans to add the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to the upcoming defense authorization bill,” according to the Huffington Post.

“In Congress, members are being whipped to ensure that the votes will be there for passage, should the legislation be placed in the bill. At this juncture, aides say, the prospects look good. Meanwhile, a source close to the White House says the president has instructed the Defense Department that he believes the repeal of

January 14, 2010 Posted by | Education, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Religion, Updates, Women | , | 4 Comments