Slow Walking Repeal of DADT
Arguably and the way this legislation is set up, repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policies that discriminate against the gay and lesbian communities and their ability to serve in the military will take time to do it this way. It could be done instantly with the wave of a presidential pen but the problem with that is that what the presidential pen giveth, the presidential pen may just as easily taketh away under the next discriminating and homophobic president. So, in a way, this slow walk may be better:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a clear message on the White House’s plan to change the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy: Don’t wait.
Lawmakers, aides and gay rights activists are crediting the California Democrat and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) with forcing the White House, key congressional players and Defense Secretary Robert Gates all to sign off — with varying degrees of enthusiasm — on a bifurcated plan that would lift the policy later.
“The speaker was determined to go ahead, and so was Carl Levin,” said Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), one of three openly gay members of Congress.
“My plan was to go forward with it if we had the votes,” Levin said, referring to a big “if” that still looms.
But are the votes there to even push this through committee? They just might be.