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OK House Blocks Passage of DADT Bill

HRC Call it OutPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Oklahoma House of Representative leaders have blocked HB 2195, a bill that would have implemented an even more extreme version of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” within the Oklahoma National Guard.

The legislation would have allowed officials to directly question Guard members about their sexual orientation, and potentially jeopardized nearly $295 million in federal funding for the state because of its conflict with how the military interprets and executes federal law at the national level.

HRC worked with The Equality Network (TEN) and ACLU-Oklahoma in opposing the legislation. Following the bill’s blockage, TEN chair Laura Belmonte said:

“From 1993 to 2011, the U.S. government spent nearly $400 million in administrative, training, and recruitment costs associated with replacing the over 13,000 servicemembers expelled under DADT. Rep. Reynolds’ bill directly violated federal policies and risked the loss of $294 million in annual federal funding to the Oklahoma National Guard. We are relieved that the brave men and women of the Oklahoma National Guard will not have their readiness compromised by the damage this legislation would have created.”

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