Pentagon to announce ‘year long’ review of DADT, including whether DOD will be forced to recognize gay marriage

I’m sorry. I recently wrote that Barack Obama was not our president, but in fact Secretary Gates was president. In fact, I was wrong. It now appears that Phyllis Schafly is in charge of the Pentagon, and our entire government. Otherwise, why is the Pentagon putting out talking points about whether lifting the ban will force them to recognize gay marriages? Can they make this issue more incendiary? First segregated showers, now gay marriage.

Gotta hand it to them, when DOD decides to screw over their commander in chief and a key constituency of the Democratic party, they do it with gusto.

A series of telling stories out tonight, all of them bad. It appears that Secretary Gates is going to announce a special team of advisers at tomorrow’s DADT hearings in the Senate, and that team will take a good year or so to think over all the really hard issues confronting us with the potential repeal of DADT, such as gay marriage.

Their review is expected to look at several sensitive issues, including whether the military should extend marriage and bereavement benefits to the partners of gay soldiers, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

There is no gay marriage at the federal level, and DOMA forbids the federal government from providing marriage benefits. So why is DOD even bringing up gay marriage – and they do in this second story too, so this is clearly part of their prepared talking points – unless they’re simply trying to be sensationalistic.

Oh, and in the meantime, they’re going to implement the discriminatory policy in a more humane manner.

Funny, but I don’t recall that being Barack Obama’s promise to my community. To more humanely discriminate us against us. He promised to lift the ban. He promised to get ENDA passed. He promised to repeal DOMA. And none of those are currently being discussed. What is being discussed is another study to add to the pile of studies we already have. What is being discussed is a proposal to “change” DADT, rather than repeal it – just as Joe and I have been predicting.

I heard the other day that a prominent political analyst is going around town talking about his expectation that the Republicans will take back the House in the fall. If that happens, you can kiss the repeal of DADT, DOMA, and the passage of ENDA goodbye for years to come. President Obama promised us. He promised us again in the State of the Union. And now he has apparently signed off on the Pentagon coming to the Hill and presenting us with a stall tactic, while they promise to discriminate against us slightly less in the coming years.

Another delay tactic – the chief of staff of the Army says maybe we shouldn’t lift the ban until we finish withdrawing from Iraq:

A senior military official said that Gen. George Casey, the chief of staff of the Army, believes the ban shouldn’t be lifted until the U.S. completes its withdrawal from Iraq.

The Pentagon is running circles around the White House. Or we’re simply being played by the White House. Or both.

There is no reason the White House can’t work with the Congress to repeal the ban this year, and simply delay implementation of the repeal until next year when the “study” is done. But if the White House doesn’t get Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repealed this year, then gay and lesbian Democrats, and our allies, need to make the White House, the DNC, and OFA pay a steep price for this betrayal. And any of our gay rights groups who condone and enable this betrayal, should be held just as accountable.

PS And notice how nowhere in the articles is anyone from the administration talking any longer about putting DADT repeal in the DOD authorization bill this year. Poof, it’s gone.


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