Tuesday, September 21, 2010

'Don't ask; Don't tell' repeal?

Today is slated to be a significant day for homosexual equality as the Senate will debate whether to pass a defense authorization bill which will include a provision which would allow for the repeal of the discriminatory "Don't ask; Don't Tell" policy put in place by a Republican Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

Democrats have tied the repeal of "Don't Ask; Don't Tell" {as well as the DREAM Act} to the National Defense Authorization Act (FY 2011). Some Republicans and Democrats have suggested they would support a repeal of DADT once the Department of Defense has completed its study on the impact ending the policy would have on military preparedness and morale.

While I don't personally have a problem with waiting until December {when the Department of Defense study is set to be completed}, and while I don't generally approve of attaching controversial amendments to budgetary bills {as was also done with the enactment of the Matthew Shepard Act}, I'm also strongly in support of repealing DADT as soon as possible. What's more, it's really come to a critical point right now.