Senate Armed Services Committee talking DADT repeal with Chiefs of Navy and Marines

While most of the political media is focused on the White House health care summit today, there are other things happening in the nation’s capitol today. One important event for the future of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is taking place at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the 2011 Defense Authorization.

The witnesses are: The Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus, Jr., Admiral Gary Roughead, USN, who serves as Chief of Naval Operations and General James T. Conway, USMC Commandant of the Marine Corps. Keep in mind that the Senate Armed Services Committee will play the key role in process of ending DADT. As we’ve said many times, we need the Chair of the Committee, Carl Levin, to include the repeal language in the Committee’s draft of the Defense Authorization bill. And, we need the President to include the repeal of DADT in the policy recommendations sent to the Armed Services Committee.

Kerry Eleveld is live tweeting from the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today and there have been some developments. For one, Conway made it clear that he’s not on board with ending DADT:

Gen Conway: At this point… my personal advice would be to keep the law

Conway has always been a problem.

Roughhead, while responding to a question from anti-gay Senator Wicker (MS), dismissed how other nations have dealt with including gay servicemembers:

Roughead: pple talk about how other forces have integrated but those forces aren’t ours, they don’t come from our culture #dadt

Does Roughhead think we come from a homophobic culture? That’s certainly not the case for younger Americans.

Via TowleRoad, our number one/closest ally thinks the U.S. needs to change its policy:

At a reception yesterday at 10 Downing Street for LGBT supporters, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke out about the repeal of the military gay ban in the United States:

Said Brown to those gathered: “You are the pride of our country and we thank you very much. We know this debate continues in America today. I would say to people who still favour ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’, look at our experience in Britain.”

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