Well I’ve always thought we could Daryll. And it looks like the Military is starting to agree.
Or maybe not.
“The Pentagon announced Thursday that it will relax enforcement of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” rules that prevent gays from serving openly in the military, a decision that officials described as a temporary measure until Congress can take permanent action.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the military will no longer open investigations into the sexual orientation of service members based on anonymous complaints, will restrict testimony from third parties and will require high-ranking officers to review all cases.”
“The changes will take effect immediately.
Gates had asked Pentagon lawyers to review whether the Defense Department had the legal discretion to enforce the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law more loosely after President Obama urged its repeal in his Jan. 27 State of the Union address.
The law was enacted by Congress in 1993 after military leaders resisted attempts by President Bill Clinton to integrate gays and lesbians into the armed forces. Under the compromise legislation, gays are allowed to serve as long as they hide their sexual orientation.”
Randy Shilts wrote the skinny on this whole deal a number of years back. And any truly serious student of history can fill you in on the fact that Teh Ghey has been around since the dawn of time.
And so (alas) has war.
The Cognative Dissonance of the American Military is not shared by other countries. Love, however, is shared by all.
“Gates and Mullen told a Senate committee on Feb. 2 that they agreed with Obama and would take steps to prepare the military for the eventual repeal of the don’t ask, don’t tell law.
Gates has assigned Gen. Carter F. Ham, the commander of the U.S. Army, Europe, and the Pentagon’s chief legal counsel, Jeh C. Johnson, to issue recommendations by Dec. 1 on how to integrate openly gay service members into the armed forces. Among the issues they will have to sort out: same-sex marriage, barracks co-habitation and attendance at military social functions.”
Or Shore Leave!
The Pentagon is moving ahead on the assumption that Congress will overturn the ban on gays serving openly, but when or if that will happen remains uncertain. Republican opposition to a change is strong, and some influential Democrats — including Rep. Ike Skelton (Mo.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee — agree.
The issue remains a political hot potato among the military brass in the Pentagon. Some generals and admirals have argued that it is unwise to make sweeping social changes in the armed forces at a time when the United States is fighting two wars. But few have been willing to openly contradict Mullen. the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, who told the Senate in February that repealing the law was “the right thing to do.”
At a press briefing Tuesday, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said the goal of Gates’s announcement was to outline changes that would “provide for a more humane enforcement and application of the law.”
Sing us out Holly!