Thursday, September 16, 2010

Senate cloture vote on DADT will occur soon

Senator majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed a cloture motion to bring the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) up for a vote on Tuesday September 21.

If the 60 votes needed are obtained, then the floor is open for debate. But negative things can happen, such as removal of the DADT repeal (which is effectively accomplished by removing the Enclosure on “Homosexuality in the Armed Forces”) that had been inserted in November 1993. The law would also require a Pentagon review with new policies to address concerns, like unit cohesion and benefits, that have been raised.

Chris Geidner has the main "Poliglot" story in the Washington Metro Weekly here.

If the Senate passes the repeal (the removal), the House concurs, and the bill becomes law, the Pentagon will still have to come up with some sort of conduct policy, like that proposed by Rand in 1993 (with particular attention now perhaps to social media).

It's not clear that the Senate is impressed with the federal court ruling last week in the Log Cabin case.

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