- June 27, 2014
Yesterday, Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced the Military Separation Pay Fairness Act. This legislation would provide the separation pay that was denied to servicemembers who were discharged under the military’s discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy.
From 1993 to 2010, approximately 14,000 servicemembers were discharged from the military for “homosexuality or committing homosexual acts”. According to military regulations, these servicemembers were only entitled to one-half of their separation pay. The Military Separation Pay Fairness Act would guarantee that these servicemembers receive the rest of the separation pay that they are rightfully owed.
Thankfully, gay and lesbian service members are now able to serve their country proudly and openly. But as this bill illustrates, we are still working to correct the lingering injustices of DADT. Because of harmful and outdated regulations, transgender individuals are still barred from serving in the military. HRC is continuing to work with coalition partners and the Pentagon to revise these regulations so that all LGBT people have the opportunity to serve the country the love.