Monday, December 13, 2010

Obama supports standalone DADT-repeal; getting it passed "on time" in 2010 is still a challenge; Gays in Africa in great peril (new report)

The Washington Blade is reporting now that President Obama supports pushing through a standalone “don’t ask don’t tell” repeal bill. Supporters in the House and Senate say they have the procedural authority to push it through, but the Senate particularly is overwhelmed with other controversial bills.

If the bill does not pass this lame duck session, passage (after reintroductiona gain) in 2011 by the 112th Congress sounds uncertain because of partisanship. It is shameful to see a bill based on moral concerns (and ultimately affection national security) fail to filibusters and partisan bickering.

Obama, however, might be able to issue a “stop-loss” order making enforcement almost impossible. Right now, all discharges have to be reviewed by OSD, eliminating most pursuits since the start of October.

Overturning in court is problematic. The Ninth Circuit may uphold the lower court in the Log Cabin Republicans case, but the Supreme Court is less likely to. But even so, Pentagon and administration policy might stop most DADT discharges indefinitely, although reinstatement of this discharged already (Witt) would be less likely.

What happens if Obama loses in 2012? An independent president like Bloomberg or social “progressive” Republican like Trump would probably keep Obama’s policy of no DADT discharges. (Oh, Bloomberg said he wasn’t running; too bad, because I would have supported him.)

It appears that Lieberman’s S4034 has been introduced. Lieberman has been a great friend on DADT repeal, but not on Internet censorship (he seems to have been trying to cut off support of Wikileaks – the government panic over this matter seems way out of line to me, as I’ve covered on my main blog).

Lou Chibbaro’s Blade story from Dec. 10 is here.

I wanted to give the link to a big story in the Sunday Dec. 12 Washington Post by Sudarsan Raghavan, “Gays in Africa face growing persecution, human rights activists say,” here. The story follows on with the previous reporting of a horrific anti-gay bill in Uganda, which has been reported for about a year, but the sentiment is there in several other countries. Curiously, the most progressive is now South Africa. The cultural view of much of Sub Saharan Africa is that procreation is a moral obligation, and not to do so is to “kill” one’s family.

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