Monday, October 26, 2009

Senate will solicit comments from Pentagon on ending DADT; AF nurse challenges policy, testing Obama administration

Top Pentagon brass, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are being consulted about how to end “don’t ask don’t tell” according to a story in the Washington Blade Oct. 23, link here.

Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) , from the Armed Services Committee, is leading the effort to obtain comments. Udall says that the president and Democratic leadership in Congress are committed to finding a constructive way to end the discriminatory policy.

In the meantime, Air Force Major Margaret Witt is preparing a new challenge to the DADT law, with hearings due in Sept. 2010, putting the Obama administration in the cumbersome position of defending the constitutionality of the 1993 law (signed by Clinton) in court while trying to end DADT politically. Levi Pulkkinen has a story in the Seattle paper here. The president says that he does not have the executive authority to end the policy without Congress, despite some legal scholars who say that he does.

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