article placeholder

Pentagon DADT report drops today

The 10-month Pentagon study on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy will be released this afternoon, according to multiple media reports. The Associated Press reports that the Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, will present the study’s findings to Congress this morning and will address reporters later in the day.

According to a Department of Defense press release, the report will be presented to journalists at 2:00 p.m. EST.

Both Gates and Mullen have called for the policy to be repealed.

According to early leaked information, as much as 70 percent of respondents to a survey of military spouses and servicemembers concluded that lifting the ban would be positive, have mixed results or no results on the current military.

article placeholder

Lawmakers: Repeal of military gay ban possible in lame-duck Congress

About a dozen U.S. senators held a press conference yesterday to address a possible repeal of the military’s anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy during the current lame duck session of Congress.

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates have called for the policy to be repealed before mid-January, when Republicans take control of the House.

Though the conference featured mostly Democrats, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) joined the caucus to say that he believed the required number of votes to pass the repeal was in hand. Lieberman said that GOP Sens. Susan Collins (R-Me.) and Richard Lugar (R-In.) could be counted on to vote in favor of repeal if a compromise could be reached between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

article placeholder

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal stalls in U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator John McCain (AZ-R) voted against the cloture measure effectively blocking a Congressional repeal of DADT

Efforts to allow gays to serve openly in the U.S. military received a serious setback Sept. 21, when the U.S. Senate rejected a motion to break a Republican-led filibuster against an annual defense spending bill that includes language aimed at ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

The vote was 56 to 43 — four votes short of ending the filibuster. Georgia’s two U.S. senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, both Republicans, voted in the majority to stymie the repeal.

Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, called the vote a “frustrating blow.”

article placeholder

Log Cabin, GOProud blame Sen. Reid for DADT failure

Two national gay GOP groups, Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud, both blamed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) for today’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” failure.

The Senate voted today on whether to move forward with the 2011 Defense Authorization bill which included language that would have allowed President Barack Obama to repeal DADT after the completion of a Pentagon study on the military’s gay ban.

article placeholder

Defense Authorization cloture vote fails in Senate, stalling ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal

The Senate Tuesday afternoon rejected a motion to break a Republican-led filibuster against an annual defense spending bill that includes language aimed at ending the military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" law banning out gays. The vote was 56 to 43.

The vote was uncertain all the way up to the vote, started at 2:30 eastern time, as Democratic leaders were reportedly trying to negotiate an agreement with one or two senators to reach the 60 votes they needed to proceed. But Republicans stood united in their contention that a procedural restriction placed on consideration of the annual defense spending bill was politically motivated to win the votes of LGBT people and Latinos for the mid-term elections in November.

article placeholder

Lady Gaga pushes DADT repeal

Pop singer Lady Gaga is pushing hard to bring attention to the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

Within the last week, Gaga took several former members of the military who were discharged, or resigned, because of DADT to the MTV Music Video Awards. The singer has also taken to Twitter to discuss the policy with politicians like Senators Harry Reid and Kirsten Gillibrand and yesterday put together an impassioned video on YouTube calling on the Senate to address the issue.

article placeholder

Senate vote expected on repeal of military gay ban

Barely two weeks after a federal judge ruled the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy unconstitutional, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on repealing the ban on openly gay service members.

At press time, the Senate was expected to vote during the week of Sept. 20 on the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes an amendment repealing DADT.

The U.S. House approved in May a defense authorization bill that includes an amendment on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” although it delays repeal until after a Pentagon study on gays in the military is completed and military leaders determine repeal will not hurt troop readiness.