Sunday, June 27, 2010

Defense Authorization Path to DADT repeal: links are on the web

Let us break bread and gather together some of the critical links regarding the Congressional (and Executive) path to repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell”.

SLDN has an important summary on the progress of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011, passed by the House in late May. The link is here. I don’t know if the debate started around June 18 as indicated.

The House bill was H.R. 5136, introduced Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO), with basic govtrack reference here.  Govtrack shows it passed the house. The Senate returned papers to the House on June 24 by “unanimous consent”. I’m not sure how significant that is.

But the PDF for the 1000-plus page bill is here with the language on “Sec. 536. Department of Defense policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces” appearing at around p. 184.

Then we’re back into familiar if yet obtuse territory. The “conservative” input into the expected Pentagon review seems to be recursive or reflexive and circular: let the soldiers tell you how they feel about it. But most of them really won’t care.

Stanford University Law School has a complete list of HTML links on debates, bills, adminsitrative orders and other materials related to the 1993 policy here.  The key legislation passed Nov. 30 1993 as part of the 1994 Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 103-160, section 571) and is found here. There was also a "sense of Congress" provision setting up the 1993 debate as part of the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, (in Section 601), a rather little known historical oddity.

Update: 6:45 PM EDT Today

In Toronto, President Obama ended his G20 speech by mentioning his determination to see through the repeal of "don't ask don't tell".

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