The process of implementing the repeal of DADT will not be a swift one…
What happens now that Congress has voted to repeal the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ ban on gays in the military? Nothing.
For the next few months and possibly for as long as a year, gays and lesbians in uniform will still be subject to investigation and discharge if they acknowledge their sexual orientation, Pentagon officials said. Despite action in Congress to repeal it, the controversial policy banning gays from serving openly remains in effect until, in essence, until the Defense Department is good and ready to wipe if off the books.
The Pentagon issued a directive Saturday from its personnel chief, Clifford Stanley, alerting troops worldwide to the Senate vote to join the U.S. House in approving legislation to repeal DADT. The directive was expected to emphasize that the law itself has not been immediately repealed, and that the current regulations banning gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military remain in place.
“Once this legislation is signed into the law by the president, the Department of Defense will immediately proceed with the planning necessary to carry out this change carefully and methodically, but purposefully,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Saturday. Change is coming, Gates said, but the current policy stays in place during an implementation process.
The law itself will not be effectively pulled down until the Pentagon has had a chance to adjust regulations that relate to same-sex partners, including next-of-kin notification, family access to commissaries and military fitness centers, health insurance and other benefits. More…
- Gays in the Military: Still Illegal For Time Being – Politics Daily (news.google.com)
- Pentagon: Lifting gay ban to take time (msnbc.msn.com)
- DADT Rundown – The Day After The Senate Repeal (towleroad.com)
- LGBT Groups Warn Gay Servicemembers: Don’t Come Out, Re-enlist Quite Yet (huffingtonpost.com)
- Defense Secretary Bob Gates on DADT Repeal (thewashingtonnote.com)
- DADT History, But Changes Won’t Happen Overnight (blogs.wsj.com)