Pentagon Wants Congress to Repeal DADT ASAP
If Congress doesn't repeal DADT during the lame-duck session, sloppy changes to the rule will end up in the courts later on. At least that's the worry of the Pentagon and Defense Secretary Robert Gates--weirdly, more progressive than our representatives on the matter--who has said they'll release a study on the effects of the repeal on November 30. The Senate Armed Services Committee could then hold hearings next week, with the report acting as a guidepost for Congressional changes. The AP:
"The timing and the legislative approach and so on, that is completely up to the Congress. All I know is if this law is going to change, it's better to be changed by legislation rather than have it struck down by the courts," Gates said.
Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said later that Gates pushed his staff to deliver the report a day early in order "to ensure members of the Armed Services Committee are able to read and consider the complex, lengthy report before holding hearings with its authors and the Joint Chiefs of Staff."
Meanwhile, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen said he wants to end the ban, telling ABC News that "asking individuals to come in and lie about who they are everyday goes counter to who we are as an institution." Indeed.