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Gay Soldier Booed at GOP Debate

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Stephen Hill, a US soldier serving in Iraq, was booed by some members of the audience at last night’s Republican debate.

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

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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 […]

3 of 4 Service Chiefs Oppose DADT Repeal

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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.

John McCain and DADT

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Despite the Defense Department releasing its study showing that the effects of allowing gays to serve openly would be minimal, Senator John McCain isn’t convinced.

A Simple Question on DADT

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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?

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

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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.

DADT Repeal Far From Certain Despite House Vote

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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 […]

Gays, the Military, and Religious Liberty

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Tony Perkins — the head of the Family Research Council, not the more famous actor of the same name — argues that ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will also end religious freedom in the armed forces. Some people think allowing open homosexuality in the military means nothing more than opening a door that was previously […]

Gays in the Military: Logistics

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Yesterday’s “This Week” roundtable had a remarkably civil discussion of gays in the military featuring George Will, Matthew Dowd, Clarence Page, and Joan Walsh.  They were all in agreement that this was a done deal, that the national culture had changed remarkably in recent years, and that the military’s own culture needed to be respectfully […]

DADT Hot Button

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Gays in Military Compromise?

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It appears that the Obama Administration and Congress have a deal on ending the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the armed forces. Sheryl Gay Stolberg for NYT: President Obama, the Pentagon and leading lawmakers reached agreement Monday on legislative language and a time frame for repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, clearing […]

Elena Kagan and Military Recruiting

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As Doug Mataconis predicted yesterday, the opening gambit of conservatives seeking a reason to deny Elena Kagan confirmation to the Supreme Court is to charge that she’s hostile to the military, as demonstrated by her decision as dean of Harvard Law School to deny military recruiters the right to officially visit the campus because the […]

Military Sodomy Ban Under Review

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

Military Leaders: Go Slow on Lifting Gay Ban

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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

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“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

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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 […]

Bill Clinton Interrupted at Netroots Nation

Lane Hudson felt justified in interupting former President Bill Clinton’s remarks at Netroots Nation to scream questions about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and Defense of Marriage Act on the grounds that there was no Q&A session scheduled and he was therefore “being held as a captive audience.” Julian Sanchez, also in attendance and quite sympathetic […]

Obama’s Popularity in Perspective

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With new polls out showing that support for President Obama’s policies declining rapidly, Dave Weigel weighs in to remind us that Obama’s doing better than his predecessors at comparable periods. Matt Yglesias helpfully puts the data into a handy dandy chart. Even aside from the fact that this is looking at Obama’s topline approval — […]

McCain: I Would Have Ordered DADT Review

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Ana Marie Cox interviewed John McCain this afternoon and reports via Twitter that “if he were POTUS, he would have already ordered Joint Chiefs of staff to investigate efficacy of DADT.” DADT is, of course, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays in the military that has been in place since the early days […]

Obama to End Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

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The last Democratic president began his administration by starting the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding gays in the military.  His successor may start by ending it. President-elect Barack Obama will allow gays to serve openly in the military by overturning the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that marred President Clinton’s first days […]