Friday, July 22, 2011

Military Leaders to Certify DADT Repeal Today

NBC News reports that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the Joint Chiefs of Staff are expected to announce today that they have certified repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, which means that the ban on open service will be gone in late September.

Each member of the Joint Chiefs had to submit a recommendation to Panetta, indicating that they are far enough in their training to repeal DADT, and that it will not have an impact on military readiness.
The next step is for President Barack Obama to certify the repeal, which then begins a 60-day waiting period to implement the repeal — before "Don't Ask Don't Tell" is officially a thing of the past.
Meanwhile, last week's ruling by the 9th Circuit Court forbids the government from investigating, disciplining and discharging LGB's for the duration.

However, because of DOMA, queer servicemembers who are legally married will not be eligible to receive any of the spousal benefits or considerations due to marital status afforded to heterosexual married personnel.


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