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March 20, 2007

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Liberalize

From the Massachusetts Family Institute:

The military's policy on allowing homosexuals to serve in the military, commonly known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," is coming under attack by the Democrat majority in Congress, and the fight is being led by outgoing Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA).

Rep. Meehan this week accepted the chancellorship of the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, and will be resigning from Congress in July. (Therefore, look for significant action on this proposal before July 2007.)

Meehan has long wanted to end the policy, passed into law in 1993 and signed by President Clinton, under which homosexuals are allowed to serve in the military as long as their sexual orientation is not known.

The genesis of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Democrats Trying to Balance Gay Rights, Military Participation
Rep. Marty Meehan's bill to overturn the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy illustrates the political limitations facing the new majority. He and other Democrats must balance the demands of the party's supporters in the gay community with the reluctance of some members to address the issue of homosexuals serving in the military.

The new debate over whether gays and lesbians should be able to serve openly in the armed services.

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