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Paul Ryan: Reinstating ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Would Be A Step In The Wrong Direction


Some encouraging words from the GOP’s Vice-Presidential nominee: GOP vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy should not be reinstated in an interview with West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV that aired on Sunday. Ryan voted in 2010 — along with most Republicans and several Democrats — against the […]

One Year Later, Study Finds No Harm To Military From DADT Repeal


Not surprisingly, a new study finds that repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has not caused any harm to the military.

Five Months Later, Repeal Of DADT Has Had LIttle Impact On The Military


Yesterday, a Military Times poll was released showing that there has been little impact on military morale in the five months since Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed: Prior to the repeal of DADT, advocates on both sides of the debate about open service by gays put high stakes on the outcome. The Center for […]

Gay Soldier Gets Booed For Asking About Don’t Ask Don’t Tell At GOP Debate


So far, audience members at September’s Republican debate have cheered the death of 234 people in Texas and the idea of letting someone without health insurance die. Last night, there were actually boos for a member of the United States military: At Thursday night’s Fox News/Google Republican Presidential Debate, the crowd was once again the […]

Michele Bachmann: I Would Probably Reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell


Fresh off her victory in the Ames Straw Poll, Michele Bachmann made the rounds of all the Sunday morning shows, and proceeded to double down on her positions. On CNN’s State Of The Union, for example, Bachmann said that she would probably reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell if elected President: CROWLEY: If you became president, […]

9th Circuit Gives U.S. Ten Days To Decide If It Will Still Defend Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell


As I noted last week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a stay on the injunction barring the military from enforcing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Now, the Court is giving the U.S. just a little over a week to decide if they will continue defending the policy in Court: The Obama Administration was ordered […]

U.S. Military Now Accepting Openly Gay Recruits, DADT Enforcement Suspended


In the wake of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recent ruling, the Pentagon effectively ended Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell yesterday: The Pentagon has ordered a halt to all separations of gay troops under “don’t ask, don’t tell” and will begin accepting applications from prospective recruits who identify themselves as homosexuals. The moratorium issued Friday […]

Federal Appeals Court Bars Enforcement Of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell


Perhaps in response to the perception that the Pentagon is moving too slowly in implementing the appeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a Federal Appeals Court has reinstated an injunction against its enforcement: A federal appeals court ordered a halt today to the armed forces’ discharge of openly gay service members, citing the Obama administration’s […]

Robert Gates: Opponents Of Gays In The Military Won’t Be Allowed To Opt-Out


Outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates had a blunt message for Marines in Afghanistan, a service member who may be opposed to gays serving openly in the military won’t be allowed to opt-out of their military service: FORWARD OPERATING BASE DWYER, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates bluntly told Marines on Sunday that they […]

Navy Chaplains May Perform Gay Marriages


The Navy is considering allowing its chaplains to perform same-sex marriages once “Dont ask, Don’t tell” ends.

3 of 4 Service Chiefs Oppose DADT Repeal


The commander-in-chief, secretary of defense, and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff all support removing the ban on gays in the military without further delay. A long-awaited Pentagon study showed no reason not to do so. But three of four Service chiefs disagree.

A Simple Question on DADT


Is there really anyone who can credibly argue at this point that the policy regarding homosexuals openly serving in the armed services is anything other than basic discrimination?

Military Gay Ban Reinstated


“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is once again the law of the land.

McCain Filibuster Threat Puts “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal In Doubt


The prospect of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell before the November elections is in doubt thanks to a threatened filibuster led by Arizona’s John McCain.

Leading Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Protester Discharged From Army


Recently Lt. Dan Choi chained himself to the White House fence to protest Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Yesterday, he found out that he’d been discharged from the Army because he’s gay.

DADT Repeal Far From Certain Despite House Vote


Despite last week’s House vote to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the ultimate fate of the policy is far from certain and is tied up with a military appropriations bill that has it’s own problems: It is true that last week, both the House and the Senate Armed Services Committee added provisions to their annual […]

OTB Talks DADT on Morning Moose


I was on Lazer 103.3’s “Morning Moose” radio show just now talking about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  The segment was maybe 5 minutes and should be on their website shortly.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Passes The House, Advances In The Senate


Congress moved two steps closer to repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell late Thursday evening. First, the Senate Armed Services Committee passed its version of the repeal amendment on a largely party-line vote: Equal rights activists scored a major victory today, as the Senate Armed Services committee voted 16-12 to give the Pentagon the power to […]

DADT Hot Button


Andrew Sullivan continues to fight back against my assertions that gays in the military is a hot button issue in much of the country. He correctly pointed out recent polling shows that “78 percent of the public supports allowing openly gay people to serve in the military.”   I retorted that, while that may be, the […]

Republicans Threaten DADT Repeal Filibuster, Byrd Backs Compromise Of Compromise


As the political battle over the repeat of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell goes down to the wire, two Republican Senators threatened last night to filibuster the military spending bill that the repeal is attached to: Armed Services Republicans threatened Wednesday to filibuster the defense authorization bill if it comes to the floor with Democrat-backed language […]

Joint Chiefs: Wait on DADT Repeal


In a surprising 11th hour development, the Joint Chiefs are insisting Congress hold its horses on allowing gays to serve openly in the U.S. military.  The Hill‘s Eric Zimmerman (“Joint Chiefs, McCain oppose ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ compromise“): Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is circulating a letter from the Joint Chiefs of Staff opposing the plan […]

The Politics of Gays in the Military


In response to my assertion that gays in the military is “still a hot button issue in much of the country,” both Andrew Sullivan and commenter JB cite a new CNN poll showing 78 percent of the public supports changing current policy. Andrew asserts that the belief that this remains controversial is a function of […]

Military Sodomy Ban Under Review


Having long since gotten rid of rum and the lash, I suppose this day was inevitable.

Military Leaders: Go Slow on Lifting Gay Ban

Casey and McHugh Testify on Gays

In something of a reversal of recent statements, the senior leadership of the Army and Air Force warned Congress about moving too fast to end the ban on gays serving openly. Top Army and Air Force officers said Tuesday they would be reluctant to overturn a 17-year policy that prohibits gays from serving openly in […]

Gays and Lesbians Poll Better than Homosexuals


“Support for Gays in the Military Depends on the Question,” Kevin Hechtkopf informs us in the No Duh Headline of the Week. But the specifics are interesting: It seems people are much more sympathetic to “gays and lesbians” than to “homosexuals.” A new CBS News/ New York Times poll finds that the wording of the […]

Gays in the Military: Other Countries Do It


Both Steve Chapman and Ilya Somin argue that, since other countries let gays serve in the military without harming unit cohesion, America can, too. Chapman: It’s not completely implausible that in a military environment, open homosexuality might wreak havoc on order and morale. But the striking thing about these claims is that they exist in […]

Obama ‘Fires’ Gay Arabic Linguist


UCSB political scientist Aaron Belkins‘ HuffPo piece “Obama To Fire His First Gay Arabic Linguist” has drawn quite a bit of blogospheric attention. Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and officer in the Army National Guard who is fluent in Arabic and who returned recently from Iraq, received notice today that the military is about […]

Gay Medic Discharged after ’60 Minutes’ Appearance


A group “dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’” reports that Darren Manzella has been discharged under said policy. Decorated Army Sergeant Darren Manzella has been discharged under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law banning lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans from military service, effective June 10. […]

Army Recruiter Sends Anti-Gay Emails


An Army recruiter engaged in a vulgar, ranting email exchange with a gay activist, according to a report in the Jersey Journal. Using a military email address, U.S. Army recruiter Sgt. Marcia Ramode fired off an email in capital letters that ” IF YOU ARE GAY WE DON’T TAKE YOU. YOU ARE CONSIDERED UNQUALIFIED.” After […]