DADT

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

On LGBT Rights, the Ball is in Congress's Court

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:30pm
Earlier this month, President Obama asked the Department of Health and Human Services to order all hospitals that participate in Medicaid and Medicare to allow patients to designate who shall be allowed to visit them and make medical decisions on their behalf. This is one of the most pro-LGBT rights policies so far adopted by the Obama administration. Another important advancement was the decision to explicitly ban employment discrimination in federal jobs based on gender identity. While there have been important and meaningful changes announced since the start of President Obama's administration for the LGBT community, action in Congress has not been nearly to the level that it should.

One Small Step in Repealing DADT, the Big Leap Awaits

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:24am

Early Thursday morning, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced several changes to the Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) regulations that are designed to carry out the current discriminatory law in a "fairer and more appropriate…

Demand Justice for Jene Newsome!

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 2:06pm

Earlier this week, ACLU of South Dakota Executive Director Robert Doody blogged about the case of Jene Newsome, an aircraft armament system craftswoman for the Air Force who was outed by Rapid City police officers. She was discharged from the Air…

Who You Love Shouldn't Matter When You Serve

By Robert Doody, ACLU of South Dakota at 5:58pm

Jene Newsome served nine years in the Air Force. She was recently discharged under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy after she was outed by South Dakota's Rapid City Police Department.

On November 20, 2009, the Rapid City Police…

Repealing DADT + National Security = A Match Made in Heaven

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:25pm

Here in Washington, D.C., efforts to finally repeal the discriminatory and ineffective "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy gather increasing momentum by the day. However, some in the Pentagon could do better by more closely listening…

DADT Repeal – Go Slow? Heck No!

DADT Repeal – Go Slow? Heck No!

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:00am

Calls for repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" got an important boost Sunday when Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, endorsed the process that was outlined in the recent congressional testimony of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Michael Mullen in an appearance on "Meet the Press."

DADT Repeal – Will He or Won't He???

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:25pm

With President Obama set to deliver his 2010 State of the Union address tomorrow night, rumors are swirling in Washington officialdom about whether or not the President will mention the policy known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), which excludes…

Military Brass to Offer Views on DADT at Senate Hearing

Military Brass to Offer Views on DADT at Senate Hearing

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 10:31am

According to an article in Stars and Stripes, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen will be appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee later this month to testify about the ramifications of finally repealing…

Corzine on My Mind

By Deborah J. Vagins, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:00am

(Originally posted on Huffington Post.)

All of America watched New Jersey's gubernatorial election. Some interpreted the result as a referendum on Barack Obama's leadership, but everyone voting in our state understood that the Democrat…

Will Logic and Public Opinion Defeat Don't Ask, Don't Tell?

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 2:46pm

Yesterday, Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to overturn the disastrous "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy, which bans LGBT people from serving openly in the military. While this legislation has been introduced previously,…

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