Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – for a draft?
Because they need the bodies, and they can’t risk any more people getting out of service by taking advantage of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Congress is planning to repeal it. I feel so much better that they’re not going to discriminate against me anymore, but only because they hope to get me shot at. Now we’ll be able to fight and die for our country and all the married folk in it, but we won’t be able to enjoy the right to marry ourselves. Hmm. Taxation without representation.
A press release from the organization Outserve SDLN:
Congressional lawmakers today announced legislation to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the military’s ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel. The Military Readiness Enhancement Act is scheduled to be introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA) on March 2nd. The proposal is already supported by a bi-partisan coalition of Congressional representatives, including Reps. John Conyers (D-MI) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) among others.
Announcement of the bill follows release of a new Government Accounting Office (GAO) report analyzing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The GAO report conservatively estimates the gay ban has cost at least $191 million since its inception in 1993.