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REPEAL... DON'T ASK: COMMAnDING officers cannot ask
military workers questions about their
don't tell: if a member of the military openly
discusses thier sexuality, it is grounds for discharge
form the military.
don't harass: zero toleration for violence against
any service member for any reason. OBAMA'S STANCE
* He pledged to end "DADT" in the campaign
* "this year, i will work wth congress and
our military to finally repeal the law that
denies gay americans the right to serve the
country they love becasue of who they are."
*LBGT: frustrated that "dadt" has not yet been
repealed, even by executive order. WHAT DOES THE POLICY DO?
* Homosexuals are prohibited from serving
* MILITARY IS NOT ALLOWED TO INQUIRE IF eNLISTEES
about their sexuality
* service members who disclose their
homosexuality are subject to dismissal
* performance and unit cohesion remains to be
the strongest arguement in support of "DADT" DON't ASK Don't tell: a brief history
* passed by congress in 1993
signed by president bill clinton
* on 12.06.04, service members' legal defense network filed a
complaint at the boston ma. Dist. Court. challenging the
constitutionality of "DADT"
* upholding the constitutionality of "DADT" has been rendered
obsolete in light of lawrence v. texas, a supreme court
ruling striking down sodomy laws under the 14th amendment;
the ban can no longer survive constitutionality.
many servicemen are being
discharged from the
military based on their sexual orientation IN CERTAIN PERSPECTIVES...
"We could have corrected this, it's just not right. I can remember
being out there and someone would come up to you and start
to tell you -- and you just want to say no, I don't want to loose
you, you're too good." ~Retired US Navy Vice Admiral and
US Representative Joe Sestak.
" I live a double life. My partner is never able to see me off for
deployments like traditional spouses are. We are denied the
dignity of being ourselves while outside the house, all for the
sake of my service." Military Member
OTHER EFFECTS .
OF "DADT" * SPOUSES OF MARRIED HOMOSEXUAL SERVICE MEMBERS
ARE NOT ENTITLED TO MILITARY BENEFITS
* spouse BENEFITS INCLUDE
- COLLEGE tuition for spouse
- bedside rights to wounded service member
- access to military healthcare
- better housing and pay in times of war
* marriage certificates are required in order to
qualify for such benefits
* Same sex marriage is only legal in 5 states
* 1996 defense of marriage act prohibits federal
recognition of same sex marriages. CONSTITUTIONAL
CHALLENGES * there is no constitutional right to serve in the armed forces
- us constitution sec. viii, art. 1: "it is up to the discretion of
congress to establish qualifications for and conditions of
service in the armed forces."
* military life is fundamentally diffeferent from civilian life
in the overall responsibilities, unique conditions and
critical roles of unit cohesion.
* the military society is characterized by its own laws, rules,
customs, and traditions.
* prohibition against homosexual conduct is a longstanding
element of military law that continues to be necessary
in the unique circumstances of the military.
AGAINST THE REPEAL OF "DADT" * Sen. Gary Nodler Missouri
- "being openly gay in the military in and
of itself is grounds for a sexual
harassment complaint by another
- 'DADt' was essentially in place to allow
homosexuals the opportunity to serve in
the military without creating a hostile
CONCERNS FOR THE REPEAL OF "DADT" * recruitment might suffer if 'DADT' was repealed
* military officials worry that the southern
christian base will resist the change
* recruitment heavily relies on the southern
AGAINST THE REPEAL success in the military requires, among other things,
unit cohesion: the bonds of trust among individual
service members that make the combat effectiveness
of a military unit greater than the combat
effectiveness of the individual unit members.
WHY THE REPEAL SHOULD NOT TAKE PLACE TOO QUICKLY
* "My best military advice to this committee... would
be to keep the law such as it is." ~ Sr. Gen. James Conway
* Law makers agree with a year-long study before Congress
should proceed with the repeal.
* A 10-month study will consist of surveys for both service members
and their families
* There were 428 discharges of gay service members in 2009, the lowest
numbers of discharges since the 1993 policy implementation. Almost
200 less then the previous year
* We agree that extensive
research is essential
prior to a policy repeal
* We still believe that
"DADT" should be
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