Thursday, July 7, 2011
You Tube: Live From the Pentagon. The U.S. Military Is No Longer Enforcing Don't Ask Don't Tell
Although President Obama signed a law last December eliminating DADT- and allowing gay people to serve openly in the United States military, the law has not yet been put in effect. President Obama has given the military "all the time that they needed" to make this law a reality. The military, still conservative, has not implemented it, but was "preparing to do so". Their estimate was "late September", but foot dragging continues.
A federal appeals court issued a ruling Wednesday that ends enforcement of the law banning openly gay people from serving in the military as unconstitutional, citing the Obama administration's recent determination that gays and lesbians have suffered a history of discrimination. Unless the Supreme Court steps in to overturn this ruling, or (incredible if it happens) the Obama administration sues to overturn this decision, gays can now serve openly in the U.S. military. The current situation is unclear.
For those of you outside the United States, or not familiar with the the Federal System of the United States, the Supreme Court, and the appeals courts underneath them, have the ultimate power. If they decide that any State or Federal law or action is unconstitutional, they can stop it or force it to change. This is the power play that is going on in the United States right now when it comes to defending the rights of LGBT people.
I still think this Pentagon "special announcement" is stunning. This was just put on U.S. military forces televsion.
The other news is that for the first time, the United States military is issuing condolence letters to the families of suicide victims.