DADT

a.k.a. Don't Ask, Don't Tell

New Federal Rule Underscores Importance of DOMA Repeal

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:23pm
On Friday, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) published a final rule in the Federal Register to provide eligible federal employees up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave for "qualifying exigency purposes." Just what are qualifying exigencies, you ask yourself? Well, under the rule, qualifying exigencies arise when the spouse, son, daughter or parent of an employee is on active duty in the Armed Forces, or has been notified of an impending call or order to active duty status.

Pentagon to Allow Chaplains to Officiate Weddings for Gay and Lesbian Service Members

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:18pm

Last week, after nearly 18 years and 14,000 dismissals, the demise of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" became official. Earlier today, the Pentagon made clear that military chaplains will be permitted to officiate at wedding ceremonies for gay…

Pentagon to Allow Chaplains to Officiate Weddings for Gay and Lesbian Service Members

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:18pm

Last week, after nearly 18 years and 14,000 dismissals, the demise of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" became official. Earlier today, the Pentagon made clear that military chaplains will be permitted to officiate at wedding ceremonies for gay…

The Demise of DADT

The Demise of DADT

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:46pm

Today marks the official end of the discriminatory policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." For nearly 18 years, DADT forced lesbian, gay and bisexual service members to painstakingly hide their true selves, as well as their partners…

ACLU Lens: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Ends Tomorrow, But Not Its Sorry Legacy for Discharged Service Members

By Steve Gosset, ACLU at 2:18pm

You can play "Taps" tomorrow for the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that prevented gay service members from serving openly.

The policy itself will be consigned to the dustbin of history when its repeal takes effect Tuesday.…

Same Old Political Games: Seeking to Delay and Derail DADT Repeal

Same Old Political Games: Seeking to Delay and Derail DADT Repeal

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:38pm

Last week, during consideration of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act in the House of Representatives, congressional opponents of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) repeal succeeded in attaching two anti-gay, political, "red meat" amendments…

Same Old Political Games: Seeking to Delay and Derail DADT Repeal

Same Old Political Games: Seeking to Delay and Derail DADT Repeal

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:38pm

Last week, during consideration of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act in the House of Representatives, congressional opponents of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) repeal succeeded in attaching two anti-gay, political, "red meat" amendments…

If They Could Turn Back Time – on DADT Repeal

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:59pm

Late on Wednesday evening, the House Armed Services Committee adopted a series of harmful amendments designed to delay, derail and turn back the clock on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) repeal implementation. The amendments were added…

DADT – The High Cost of Senseless Discrimination

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:25pm

On Thursday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the impact of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy in terms of lost personnel and cost to the government from 2004-09. The report…

Republicans — The Final Nail in DADT’s Coffin

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:15pm

Following Saturday’s historic Senate vote to repeal the discriminatory and unconstitutional “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, I was struck by the undeniable fact that it was Republican support in Congress that ultimately…

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