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Kennedy to Sponsor Gays in the Military Bill

February 15, 2009
Center For Military Readiness

gay-soldiersA front-page Boston Globe article by Bryan Bender, titled “Obama Seeks Assessment on Gays in Military,” reports the news that Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) is going to sponsor a bill to repeal the 1993 law stating that homosexuals are not eligible to serve in the military. This is significant, since there has been no Senate bill in the past. There is one condition–Kennedy is looking for a Republican to co-sponsor to provide political cover. According to the CNSNews, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin also wants to vote for a bill repealing the 1993 law during the coming year.

Liberals in Congress are pressuring the Joint Chiefs to say something-anything-that might give them political cover as they move to fulfill Obama’s campaign promise to repeal the law.

– On January 12, Newsweek reported that Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCOS) Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen is under intense pressure from Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher (D-CA), who “has held long talks on gays and the military with Mullen and other members of the joint staff.”

– We don’t know whether Tauscher gained ground with Adm. Mullen and the JCOS, but it appears that Obama will not move without some sort of support from military leaders. Resistance to pressures from liberals in Congress will be difficult, since some members of Congress are calling for a 10% cut in the defense budget, and Rep. Barney Frank has called for a 25% cut in defense funds.

The story continues …..

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 15, 2009 11:36 am

    Good! About time.

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