Update! Democratic leadership is forcing a vote in Senate committee tonight to attach a repeal of DADT to a defense authorization bill. Also, Family Research Council just released this report on homosexual assault in the military [Warning:Graphic].
Thanks to a deal, or “compromise,” cut by LGBT activists, President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Congress may vote on two bills that would repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT). This despite the fact that Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen asked Congress to hold off action on the repeal until the military could conduct a review on get an opinion from the members of the military. The compromise calls for a repeal immediately after the review is conducted, regardless of the findings.
Chuck Donovan at The Foundry (The Heritage Foundation’s blog), has some excellent insights into the danger of ignoring the needs and nature of the military, for the singularly selfish purpose of political expediency.
This crass political maneuver is an affront to the men and women in the military whose opinions matter, because they will be most affected by any change in the law. Regardless of what one thinks of full repeal—whatever it might mean in practice—lawmakers should wait until the ongoing survey of service personnel is completed and analyzed. Any legislative action now is premature, and a thumbing of the nose at the military.
Contact your legislators:
Senator Herb Kohl: 202-224-5653
Senator Russ Feingold: 202-224-5323
Rep. Paul Ryan: 888-909-7926
Rep. Tammy Baldwin: 202-225-2906
Rep. Ron Kind: 888-442-9040
Rep. Gwen Moore: 202-225-4572
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner: 800-242-1119
Rep. Tom Petri: 202-225-2476
Rep. Dave Obey: 202-225-3365
Rep. Steve Kagen: 202-225-5665