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“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy Should be Eliminated, Says _

New Letter Urges Congress to End Policy and Offers Assistance with Legal Details

The ABA has joined the ongoing discussion about repealing 10 U.S.C. §654, the statute commonly known as “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” via letters to the U.S. Congress and Department of Defense.

The Congressional letters, signed by _ President Carolyn Lamm, say “we opposed enactment of this policy in 1993 as establishing a form of discrimination that was not based on the character of the servicemember’s contribution to the national defense.  The harm we foresaw has since come to pass.  More than 13,000 men and women have been dismissed from service under the law, among them highly trained specialists like pilots, sharpshooters and translators.”

Lamm notes that the association has a unique perspective on the law because its wide range of members includes retired and active duty military personnel, military law experts, civil rights leaders and gay and lesbian lawyers.

“While there is no fundamental right to serve in the military, there is no sufficient reason in our view to continue to deprive these men and women of the opportunity to serve their country and to deprive the nation of their talent and skill,” Lamm notes.

The letters to Congress conclude by offering any legal assistance needed in crafting a new policy.

The Department of Defense letter, also signed  by Lamm, advises Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates that the ABA is commenting to Congress, and acknowledges “many collateral matters will have to be sorted out upon the implementation of repeal.”  It notes that “we have not solicited the advice or support of active duty servicemembers out of respect for your position that it would be inappropriate for active duty officers to comment on the policy.”

Here are links to the Senate letter, the House of Representatives letter and the Department of Defense letter.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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Comments (6)

  • *Pingback*
    5:52 PM April 26, 2010
    This Post Referenced in: ADF Alliance Alert » ABA calls on military to normalize homosexual behavior

    ... ABA: “The Congressional letters, signed by _ President Carolyn Lamm, say “we opposed enactment of this policy in 1993 as establishing a form of discrimination that was not based on the character of the servicemember’s contribution to the national defense.  The harm we foresaw has since come to pass . . .  Here are links to the Senate letter, the House of Representatives letter and the Department of Defense letter.” ...

  • Espinaca Verde
    8:45 PM April 26, 2010

    Openly gay people don’t belong in the military, period. I was in service twenty years. All a C.O. needs is to settle disputes over afairs between two men or two women. No thanks.

  • Desert Dweller
    10:11 AM April 27, 2010

    “normalize” homosexual behavior?? If they were normal, there wouldn’t be any homosexual behavior!!

  • Nik
    12:13 PM April 27, 2010

    I am proud that the ABA has taken this stance. Any and all forms of discrimination within this country must be stamped out, and DADT is a prime example of such form of discrimination. Otherwise qualified individuals are being denied the opportunity to serve in defense of our nation.

    Sexual orientation is not a qualifiying factor for the ability to serve. I hope Congress and our DoD take heed and accept the assistance offered by the ABA.

  • CT
    4:58 PM April 27, 2010

    The military has the right to deny certain people and discrimation is a word that is not bad. If you choose different foods are you discrimating? I am so sick of the homosexual agenda pushing to normalize what is not natural or normal. Why do they need to tell everyone what kind of sex they like. This is about devient sexual behavior not a right. I believe that heterosexual men don’t want guys sleeping or showering next to them to know that they want to have sex with men. And the same from women. It’s immoral and if they want to just be in the military, stop talking about the kind of sex you want and there would be no problem. Sex should be private. This is the homosexual agenda that harasses every institution to promote homosexual behavior as normal and that they are the poor victims. ABA is probably run by homosexuals. How convenient ABA is pushing this only to make a lot of money on supposen victims. The homosexual laws should be thrown out everywhere. They are the aggressors pushing disgusting sex in our face as normal. Wake up America and take a stand. Have the moral courage to do what is right.

  • er
    11:25 AM April 28, 2010

    Well said, CT. Sadly, the ABA has become increasingly liberal and has lost its moral compass. Those of us who oppose the idea that homosexuality is morally acceptable are called bigoted and intolerant. Yet liberals are intolerant of any antithetical ideology (i.e. there are absolutes; there is good/bad; right/wrong; moral/immoral.) The liberal mindset espouses relativism (no moral absolutes and each person is free to do as he or she pleases.) People don’t seem to understand that the path of relativism eventually does lead to anarchy. No wonder our country is in such a mess!