Friday, July 8, 2011

Pentagon Orders Halt To DADT, Welcomes Gay Recruits

In light of Wednesday's court ruling declaring DADT discharges unconstitutional, the Pentagon has ordered a moratorium on discharges for gay and lesbian soldiers and officially opened the door to prospective recruits who identify as such:

"Meanwhile, defense officials will continue to prepare for the law’s formal repeal, which Congress approved in December. The law will be formally repealed 60 days after the defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs “certify” that it will not adversely impact military readiness.

"Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he expected certification to occur in late July or early August.

"It remains unclear whether the Pentagon will seek to appeal Wednesday’s court ruling, which would have to go to the Supreme Court, Pentagon spokesman Marine Col. David Lapan said Friday."

I don't hardly expect DoD to appeal the ruling after this.  Momentum to full repeal has gained traction to almost be unstoppable, in my mind.

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