Don’t Ask Gets A Hearing

by January 28, 2010 0 comments

Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) (Photo: Official Portrait)

After a year of prevaricating, postponing, and pretermitting, the mythical Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal hearings have arrived – February 9th, at noon, according to an press release just issued by the office of Senator Carl Levin, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee. So far, though, the witness list only features Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Bob Gates, the Secretary of Defense, and not any service members or experts who might testify about the real impact on the policy, or Senator Kirsten Gilibrand, who would be able to score rhetorical points in favor of a repeal. This is only going to be a preliminary event, where we will probably hear Adm. Mullen repeat his commitment to following the lead of Congress and his Commander-in-Chief, or both may defer to Congress, since DADT is actually a piece of federal legislation, not a military regulation. One tooth is (almost) pulled, only 31 more to go….

The Column is a community-supported non-profit news, arts, and media organization. We depend on community support to continue the work of solid LGBT-centric journalism. If you like this article, consider visiting Give MN to make a contribution today.

No Comments so far

Jump into a conversation

No Comments Yet!

You can be the one to start a conversation.

Start or join the discussion. You can click on one of the icons to the left to instantly login with your favorite social media.