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Breaking: Congressional Leaders, White House Agree To Introduce Amendment To Repeal DADT This Year

05/23/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire

It has come down that Congress will be voting on a plan to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. In large part, the proposed amendment to the legislation will allow for repeal of DADT now, but will give the military time to implement the repeal as it can. While this is not a perfect solution, it is a viable one that will give many members of Congress the cover that they need to repeal the legislation without being seen as interfering in the military’s business.

Letters released to the media by Peter R. Orszag, the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House, and jointly by Joseph I. Lieberman, Carl Levin, and Patrick Murphy signal that the meeting that occurred today had met with success. “The proposed amendment will allow for completion of the Comprehensive Review, enable the Department of Defense to assess the results of the review, and to ensure that the implementation of the repeal is consistent with the standards of military readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, recruiting and retention,” according to Orszag.

“Given the important efforts of the working group, we have developed a legislative proposal for consideration by the House and Senate that puts a process in place to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” once the working group has completed its review and you, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs certify that repeal can be achieved consistent with the military’s standards of readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion and recruiting and retention.”

The move allows for a slower process, but it also gives the military a lot of comfort regarding doing this. The Pentagon would like to make sure that this process is slow enough to allow for more people to feel comfortable with the repeal. It is likely that the results of the study will show that lesbians and gays serving openly will not be a major problem in today’s military.

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