White House: Obama Will Push Lame-Duck Congress to Legalize Homosexuality in U.S. Armed Forces

October 21, 2010 05:32

President Barack Obama will push the Senate to pass a bill that includes an amendment to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and allow homosexuality in the U.S. armed forces, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

By Fred Lucas at CNSNews.com


While “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) is a directive in Defense Department rules, it stems from a federal law (10 U.S.C. 654) enacted by Congress in 1993, which prohibits homosexuals from serving in the military. Under DADT, military officials are not supposed to ask, and soldiers are not supposed to disclose whether they are homosexual.

Gibbs said President Obama plans to lobby for the bill’s passage in the lame duck session, the same Congress where Democrats (and two Independents) hold a 59-seat majority in the Senate.

In the lame duck session, members of Congress voted out of office in November can still vote on controversial bills without being accountable to the voters again.

The Pentagon is set to complete a study in December on the issue with suggestions on how to implement the policy without causing disruptions.


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