Gates to Announce New Ask Don’t Tell Policy Today
February 2, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-The divisive “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of the Clinton years, is about to receive a twenty-first century makeover, but change comes slowly. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Michael Mullen will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee today, to offer testimony on the Pentagon’s new policy on gay men and women serving in the military. A study group is expected to be proposed, along with the barring of military personnel from discharge, based on a sexual orientation complaint from a third party.
The controversial military policy permits gay Americans to serve in the military, as long as they keep their sexual orientation secret. President Obama pledged during his campaign and in his recent State of the Union Address that he would begin to work to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” practice, which last year alone, resulted in the discharge of 428 individuals from military service.
However, the full repeal of the “don’t ask don’t tell” police is expected to take years to fully implement within all branches of the military. According to a report in the Washington Post there are a myriad of issues that must be sorted out by military officials, before a full repeal can take place:
“Among the issues to be addressed by the group: whether gay soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines will face any restrictions on exhibiting their sexual orientation on the job; whether the Pentagon will be obligated to provide for their domestic partners; and whether straight military personnel could be compelled to share quarters with gays.”
Gates would not discuss his upcoming senate testimony, but told reporters to “Stay tuned.”
See the Washington Post for more.