Saturday, July 25, 2009
NY Senator proposes interim measure for DADT, staying discharges
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has proposed an amendment to the next (2010) Defense Authorization bill that would stay discharges under “don’t ask don’t tell” for 18 months. However the bill was shelved apparently for lack of support. The Washington Blade story by Chris Johnson (July 25) is here.The bill would buy time for Congress to consider Patrick Murphy’s full repeal, and give the Pentagon law time to figure out how to implement a fair policy that allows gays to serve more openly, like NATO allies. But there’s a good question as to whether an interim step is a good idea.
The original DADT had been passed on Nov. 30 1993 as part of the 1994 DOD authorization bill, and the Pentagon implementation came out in Feb. 1994