House Wastes Time to Criticize DADT Repeal
April 7, 2011 by Ty Cobb, Director, HRC Global
Today, the House Armed Services Committee heard testimony from all four branches of our Armed Forces on their experiences with preparation for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Commandant of the Marine Corps General James Amos testified there had not been any “recalcitrant push back” from his marines. In addition, Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Norton Schwartz explained that he is “more comfortable now than in December” that implementation of repeal would not harm our military.
While Republicans in attendance voiced their disagreement with repealing the discriminatory law, leaders from each of the Armed Forces made it clear that strong leadership and enforcement of the current standards of conduct without regard to an individual’s sexual orientation would lead to a successful implementation of repeal. Despite this testimony, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) urged the military leaders that they should not support repeal because her heart tells her it is “not the right thing to do.” Moreover, Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-MS) told the leaders that he hopes their names are not tarnished in history because of their support of the repeal process.
The hearing was interrupted for approximately an hour by a House floor vote on the nation’s budget. With the government headed toward a shut down, and with so many Americans struggling just to make ends meet, it does not make sense that the House has held two hearings on the implementation of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal in the last two weeks. It is time to move on.
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