Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal Plan Ready For Congress
Defense Secretary Robert Gates will present a plan to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” to Congress on Tuesday.
According to the Senate Web site, the Senate Armed Services Committee has scheduled an hour to discuss the issue at Tuesday’s hearing on the fiscal year 2011 defense budget, which Gates will attend.
The committee revised its schedule for the hearing, announcing that Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen will testify on the budget, as planned, as well as the “don’t ask, don’t tell” issue.
Gates and Mullen are not expected to offer a specific legislative proposal to repeal the law, but rather to detail some of the preliminary steps that need to be taken inside the military in advance of formulating a legislative plan.
One first step could be to stop expelling personnel said to be gay by third parties.
Another military official familiar with the discussion said some of the issues to be considered include the cost of implementing a new policy, benefits for gay spouses, potential hate crimes, and even logistical questions such as the possible need to renovate barracks to separate straight and gay troops.
According to the official, the idea of separate housing or showers was not considered a serious possibility, but would be discussed in order to rule it out.Click here for reuse options!
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