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US defence secretary says progress on gay ban could come this month

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  1. It sounds as though the politicians have the desire and impetus to see this through and repeal the DADT policy. I hope there are no more delaying tactics used by the tea party and other assorted bigots

  2. Jock S. Trap 14 Jun 2011, 4:01pm

    How about less ‘could’ and just getting on with it?

    1. Of course it’s always possible that more “consultations” will be required.

      1. Jock S. Trap 15 Jun 2011, 3:57pm

        Highly probable I would have thought!

  3. Paula Thomas 14 Jun 2011, 4:07pm

    Oh good the US will finally catch up with Europe.

  4. Stu, there will be acts of desperation on the part of the Tea Party scumbags and other republicans. GOProud, a gay (oxymoronic) republican group apparently didn’t want DADT repealed and does not support marriage equality even though its founder, Chris Barron, married his boyfriend in Washington, DC last year. Beyond sick!

    1. Staircase2 14 Jun 2011, 5:21pm

      That doesn’t sound very ‘sick’ to me – more intensely stupid and dimwitted lol (as the reactionary right tends to be)

      There’s some interesting research which backs up this right-wing tendency to knee-jerk too – they found that right leaning people tended to be more emotive in response to things whereas left leaning people tended to be more empathic. Perhaps someone could find the link for this.
      Love&Peace x

  5. Grumblecakes 14 Jun 2011, 5:37pm

    in fairness i may be just being a bit unfair in saying this but the law was being challenged quite well in the courts as it was, see Log Cabin Republicans vs United States of America, the atempt to appeal the original desicion that judge made was pretty usless of course that coinidently ran into the vote to repeal it however in this case i would say the end result is perhaps all that is really important

  6. It’s not progress.

  7. This isn’t just progress – it’s the end of DADT. There’ll still be a 60-day waiting period that Byrd insisted on, but it’s just a formality. Once the certification is signed, that’s all she wrote. The Pentagon said a while ago that they might be willing to sign off on certification early once they’d done enough of the training to gauge how well it was going, so you kind of knew this was coming after they announced that more than a million servicemembers – half the force – had received their training and there hadn’t been any problems.

    1. Right on.. this is terrific news. !!!!!!

    2. @Chrism

      I hope you are right. I will definitely celebrate on behalf of US LGBT people and the signal it will give globally. However, I will hold my celebration until it actually does happen due to the stalling processes that the far right have tried repeatedly – and I am sure they will try again.

  8. Dan Filson 15 Jun 2011, 2:01am

    He’s leaving office on 30 June, so is the plan for him to sign it off in the fortnight remaining or is it to be left as an opening gift as a hot potato to his successor?

    And I cannot believe a Republican Congress will let it go without seeking to extract maximum homophobic juice from it

    1. Gates oversaw the transition to open service in the CIA almost twenty years ago, and my impression is that he’d just as soon wrap this up before he leaves. But if he doesn’t, I doubt his successor – a California Democrat – will see it as a hot potato. It’s possible that Panetta will be less respected and less effective in the job, but it’s hard to see how even that would seriously endanger the process, given how far along it is now.

      The Republicans only control the House, so I’m not sure what else they can really do at this point besides hold more hearings – which they already tried in April, and it backfired. They had their chance with the NDAA, and the best they could come up with was a couple of lame amendments that face an uncertain future in the Senate and don’t amount to much more than a symbolic poke in the eye. This is a lost cause, so they’ve probably already moved on to planning their attacks on their next target, marriage equality in D.C.

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