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  •  You don't understand DADT repeal. (1+ / 0-)
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    As some of us pointed out at the time (largely to no avail), the DADT Repeal Act does not actually guarantee that LGBs can serve in the military.  It only removed the earlier statute's ban on LGB service.  Thus, as a consequence, there is no statutory impediment to a future Republican administration banning service by LGBs.

    Many of us would certainly have liked Congress to protect LGB servicemembers from discrimination, but the nondiscrimination provisions in the legislation were stripped out at the administration's apparent request.  And the Pentagon later determined it would not adopt nondiscrimination regulations either, because they were likely to engender resentment among straight servicemembers.  (I only wish I were making this up.)

    So, the bottom line is that DADT can be overturned if the administration changes.  Nothing in the DADT Repeal Act prohibits it.

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 05:31:06 PM PDT

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