Monday, October 26, 2009

The Secretary of the Army says "We're Ready when You are."

The Secretary of the Army, John McHugh said that the Army is ready to lift the ban on gay servicemen when President Obama and Congress repeal DADT.

The Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, indicated this weekend that the Army is prepared to lift
the ban on openly gay service if the Commander-in-Chief and the Congress
decide to end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, a prospect that has gathered
steam in recent weeks. McHugh, formerly a Republican congressman from the
conservative 23rd district of New York, is the highest official inside the
Pentagon to express such support. He told the Army Times on Sunday that there
was no reason to fear that major difficulties would result from lifting the
ban, and that he would help implement the policy change when the time comes.
"The Army has a big history of taking on similar issues," he said, with
"predictions of doom and gloom that did not play out." He also suggested that
repeal may come in phases, with early action involving, for example, allowing
open gays to serve in some occupations and not others.
Interesting stuff, this looks promising!


1 comment:

Kyle said...

V, I'm not sure how I feel about the "repeal may come in phases...allowing open gays to serve in some occupations and not others." I understand the purpose of phasing, though I don't agree with it. I'd just want to make sure DADT was fully repealed by the time President Obama leaves office. If any of it is left in place, that is just asking for trouble, when a democrat isn't in office.

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