Pentagon Moving Closer to Ending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
As a result of President Obama’s attempt to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the Pentagon has been considering how homosexuals may serve openly in the military. Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has held meetings with the chiefs of the services to prepare for a hearing before Congress on the controversial policy. Although Mullen has not publicly announced his personal opinion on the matter, various memoranda have been drafted. One of the issues is how much stress will be placed on US military forces, during time of war, but has been countered with examples of opinions toward non-discrimination based on sexual orientation.
This Friday, Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), an original proponent of the policy, stated that he would oppose efforts to repeal the ban. According to the Associated Press, DoD lawyers are recommending that a repeal of the ban be delayed for at least a year.
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Associated Press (The Canadian Press)