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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Fearless Naval Bloggers Take to the Air: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Coming today at 1700 EST/2200 GMT, a discussion: Episode 7 Don't Ask Don't Tell 2/7/2010 - Midrats on Blog Talk Radio. Featuring the usual suspects and more
Elaine Donnelly from the Center for Military Readiness, Marcus from the milblog SoldiersPerspective
( http://www.soldiersperspective.us/ ), and Claude Berube. As usual, after our guests, our panel will discuss the events of the week and take your calls as time permits.

If you are "pro repeal" or "against repeal" or if you think you are indifferent, join us and join in.

Some possible combinations and permutations:

"Don't ask, don't tell"
(a) and punish those who get found out, or
(b) don't punish those who get caught

"Ask and tell"

"Don't know, don't care"

"Know, don't care"

"Don't know, can't tell"

"Don't care, no special rights"

"Care, special rights"

"What an administrative nightmare for everyone involved!"

You can add your own thoughts to the comments. Which work, despite the screwed up counter...

UPDATE: You can listen to archived show here. This is not an easy issue. Comparisons to ending discrimination based on gender or skin color or national origin don't really seem to fit (though they are instructive), since they are not behavior based . . .

It seems to me that one of the big concerns I have observed is not with gay service members and their performance, but rather a dread of the almost certain exploitation by others of matters pertaining to that service in media sideshows. My assumption (which may well be wrong) is that most currently serving gay service members would like to be able to be open but would like to keep it at the level of "it's personal" just as most straight service members do with the intimate details of their lives.

UPDATE2: The proposed statute can be read here:

SEC. 4. ESTABLISHMENT OF POLICY OF NONDISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION IN THE ARMED FORCES.

    (a) Establishment of Policy- (1) Chapter 37 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

`Sec. 656. Policy of nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation

    `(a) Policy- The Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy, may not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation against any member of the Armed Forces or against any person seeking to become a member of the Armed Forces.
    `(b) Discrimination on Basis of Sexual Orientation- For purposes of this section, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is--
      `(1) in the case of a member of the Armed Forces, the taking of any personnel or administrative action (including any action relating to promotion, demotion, evaluation, selection for an award, selection for a duty assignment, transfer, or separation) in whole or in part on the basis of sexual orientation; and
      `(2) in the case of a person seeking to become a member of the Armed Forces, denial of accession into the Armed Forces in whole or in part on the basis of sexual orientation.
    `(c) Personnel and Administrative Policies and Action- The Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy, may not establish, implement, or apply any personnel or administrative policy, or take any personnel or administrative action (including any policy or action relating to promotions, demotions, evaluations, selections for awards, selections for duty assignments, transfers, or separations) in whole or in part on the basis of sexual orientation.
    `(d) Rules and Policies Regarding Conduct- Nothing in this section prohibits the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy, from prescribing or enforcing regulations governing the conduct of members of the Armed Forces if the regulations are designed and applied without regard to sexual orientation.
    `(e) Re-Accession of Otherwise Qualified Persons Permitted- Any person separated from the Armed Forces for homosexuality, bisexuality, or homosexual conduct in accordance with laws and regulations in effect before the date of the enactment of this section, if otherwise qualified for re-accession into the Armed Forces, shall not be prohibited from re-accession into the Armed Forces on the sole basis of such separation.
    `(f) Sexual Orientation- In this section, the term `sexual orientation' means heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality, whether the orientation is real or perceived, and includes statements and consensual sexual conduct manifesting heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality.'.
    (2) The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended--
      (A) by striking the item relating to section 654; and
      (B) by adding at the end the following new item:
      `656. Policy of nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation in the Armed Forces.'.
    (b) Conforming Amendments- Title 10, United States Code, is amended as follows:
      (1) Section 481 is amended--
        (A) In subsection (a)(2), by inserting `, including sexual orientation discrimination,' after `discrimination' in subparagraphs (C) and (D); and
        (B) in subsection (c), by inserting `and sexual orientation-based' after `gender-based' both places it appears.
      (2) Section 983(a)(1) is amended by striking `(in accordance with section 654 of this title and other applicable Federal laws)'.
      (3) Section 1034(i)(3) is amended by inserting `sexual orientation,' after `sex,'.

SEC. 5. BENEFITS.

    Nothing in this Act, or the amendments made by this Act, shall be construed to require the furnishing of dependent benefits in violation of section 7 of title 1, United States Code (relating to the definitions of `marriage' and `spouse' and referred to as the `Defense of Marriage Act').

SEC. 6. NO PRIVATE CAUSE OF ACTION FOR DAMAGES.

    Nothing in this Act, or the amendments made by this Act, shall be construed to create a private cause of action for damages.

SEC. 7. REGULATIONS.

    (a) In General- Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall revise Department of Defense regulations, and shall issue such new regulations as may be necessary, to implement section 656 of title 10, United States Code, as added by section 4(a). The Secretary of Defense shall further direct the Secretary of each military department to revise regulations of that military department in accordance with section 656 of title 10, United States Code, as added by section 4(a), not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act. Such revisions shall include the following:
      (1) Revision of all equal opportunity and human relations regulations, directives, and instructions to add sexual orientation nondiscrimination to the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity policy and to related human relations training programs.
      (2) Revision of Department of Defense and military department personnel regulations to eliminate procedures for involuntary discharges based on sexual orientation.
      (3) Revision of Department of Defense and military department regulations governing victims' advocacy programs to include sexual orientation discrimination among the forms of discrimination for which members of the Armed Forces and their families may seek assistance.
    (b) Regulation of Conduct- The Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy, shall ensure that regulations governing the personal conduct of members of the Armed Forces shall be written and enforced without regard to sexual orientation.
    (c) Definition- In this section, the term `sexual orientation' has the meaning given that term in section 656(f) of title 10, United States Code, as added by section 4(a).

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