Friday, November 06, 2015

Democrats in Congress consider bill to upgrade "gay discharges" from the military pre-repeal; Rangel still wants a military draft

Congress is considering a “Restore Honor to Service Members Act”, sponsored by Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Charles Rangel (D-NY) along with Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), as in a Washington Blade story by Chris Johnson  here.  The law would help restore discharges to honorable, whether under “don’t ask don’t tell” or older policies before 1993.  Many discharges, though, were honorable (such as Keith Meinhold's in 1992) but could contain "SPN codes". Both Biden and Hillary Clinton had suggested this in connection with the HRC National Dinner in early October.
Senator Schatz has a copy of the Act here.

The bill is S. 1956 (here on Govtrack).

Charles Rangel, as recently as March 2015, has called for reinstating the military draft (story ).  But I expect to look into the idea that the Selective Service System could be abolished soon.

On my International Issues blog, I have a story on a proposed stiffening of the Russian anti-gay speech law from 2013 to include all public speech, a kind of “Don’t Tell” even for civilians.

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