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TomCADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-01-10 03:28 AM
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15. Pentagon calls for repeal of ‘don’t ask’
Source: Boston Globe

WASHINGTON — Ending a ban on gays serving openly in the armed services would not harm long-term military effectiveness, the Pentagon said yesterday in a long-awaited report that is expected to speed a vote on the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ policy.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Congress that failure to quickly repeal the ban would expose the military to a potentially disruptive court ruling.

“It is only a matter of time before the federal courts are drawn once more into the fray, with the very real possibility that this change would be imposed immediately by judicial fiat,’’ he said, calling that “by far the most disruptive and damaging scenario I can imagine, and the one most hazardous to military morale, readiness, and battlefield performance.’’

That call shifted the focus to moderate members of the Senate, including Scott Brown of Massachusetts, who had said they wanted to read the report before voting on whether to end the policy. The House has passed a bill overturning the policy, but a Republican-led threat of a filibuster halted a similar effort in the Senate in the fall.


Read more: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2...



You would hope that this would put pressure on Republicans who oppose repeal to justify their bigotry, but I think the corporate media will just give Republicans a free pass.
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