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Gays in the Military Think Tank Outlines Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Options

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Gays in the military think tank “The Palm Center” has released a legal memo telling the Pentagon exactly what it can do to ease the enforcement of the military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers. Last week, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that he was looking into ways to enforce ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ more “humanely” until the President and Congress can repeal it.

Palm Center senior research fellow Nathaniel Frank said even though relaxing the enforcement of the ban won’t have a huge immediate impact – it’s more significant for what it signals.

Frank: “It signals the beginning of the end. It just represents how far we’ve come already. If you think about a couple of months ago, the Secretary of Defense was saying “IF this happens.” They have really reshaped their message and also their actions”

Frank says easing the ban now will pave the way for Congress to fully repeal it – because the military will then be leading the way.

The memo itself outlines several steps that could be taken within the confines of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – from changing the kind of “evidence” needed to launch an investigation of a soldier’s homosexuality, to the President issuing a full Stop-Loss order.

The Palm Center says these steps will only slow the damage being done to the military, until the ban is lifted entirely.

-Aaron McQuade

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Written by OutQ News staff

July 7, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Posted in Uncategorized

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