Gates Makes ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Law ‘More Humane’

March 25, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-As expected, the Pentagon announced changes to the enforcement of the “don’t ask, don’t tell,” (DADT) law on Thursday. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is now prohibiting military members from being outed by anonymous individuals making complaints. The relaxing of the DADT rules will remain in place, as a temporary measure until Congress can get its act together to completely ban the odious law and permit gay men and women to serve openly.

Gates first indicated that the changes would be made to the DADT law last month, but he delayed his announcement until Pentagon lawyers vetted the proposed changes.

According to the Washington Post:

“Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the military will no longer open investigations into the sexual orientation of service members based on anonymous complaints, will restrict testimony from third parties and will require high-ranking officers to review all cases. The changes will take effect immediately.”

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also supports the end of the DADT law. During testimony before a senate panel last month, Mullen told lawmakers repealing the law was “the right thing to do” for our nation’s military forces.

Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell, said the goal of the changes proposed by Gates, was to do away with unfair instances of third-party outings. The changes will “provide for a more humane enforcement and application of the law,” he said earlier in the week.

Source: Washington Post


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