Saturday, May 01, 2010

Pelosi wants a vote on "don't ask don't tell" repeal in 2010; Gates does not

The reinvented Washington Blade (aka DC Agenda) is reporting, on Apr. 30, in an article by Chris Johnson, that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants a vote on the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” to occur in 2010. The link is here.

However Johnson has another story in the same issue, that Defense Secretary Gates wants the Pentagon to complete its review of the policy before it comes before Congress, which would make the earliest possible date become Dec. 1. He sounds concerned about hearing input from “grassroots” military members, which sounds like a reference to the unit cohesion or even “privacy” problem.

Gates write “Therefore, I strongly oppose any legislation that seeks to change this policy prior to the completion of this vital engagement process. .Further, I hope Congress will not do so, as it would send a very damaging message to our men and women in uniform that in essence their views, concerns, and perspectives do not matter on an issue with such a direct impact and consequence for them and their families

Picture: the TownDC now has a “bandstand” on the downstairs dancefloor, rather like the Saloon in Minneapolis.

Update: May 2

TownDC reported (in a broadcast email) that a visitor, 58 years old, collapsed and died, of an apparent heart attack, on the dance floor Saturday Night May 1, causing the club to close early. I was there Friday. Check the Blade next weekend for details.

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