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SLDN sees path to DADT repeal

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One of the nation’s leading advocates for gays in the military says there’s a clear route to repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network issued a fact sheet Wednesday laying out the six steps remaining until the ban on gays serving openly is gone. SLDN head Aubrey Sarvis says next up is the full Senate, where there are still questions.

Sarvis: “Senator McCain threatened to filibuster shortly after the vote in the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, and if that happens we will have to muster the 60 votes to beat it back, and there could be one or two hostile amendments offered on the Senate floor.”

If repeal passes the Senate, it has to stay in the Defense Authorization bill through a conference committee. After that, the President must sign the bill into law. Even then, the ban isn’t lifted until after the Pentagon releases the results of an ongoing study of the issue, including a massive survey of the troops’ attitudes towards gays serving openly. Sarvis says he doesn’t have any doubts about the outcome of the study, because Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen have given the working group clear directions.

Sarvis: “I believe both of them to be honorable men, men of their word, and I think what they’re coming up with is a set of recommendations on how to implement open service.”

After the report is issued, Gates, Mullen and President Obama must all certify that repeal can be implemented. Then the Congressional armed services committees have 60 days to review the policy, and then gays will be allowed to serve openly. Sarvis says he expects this to happen sometime early next year.

–Aaron McQuade


Written by OutQ News staff

June 3, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Posted in Legislation, Military

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