The Senate next week will vote on a Defense Department authorization bill that includes language to roll back "don't ask, don't tell," the policy that prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will bring the legislation to the floor after the Senate finishes work on a small business bill, Politico reports.
If passed, the Senate legislation would have to be combined with the House version -- the House voted on "don't ask, don't tell" in May -- but even then, the policy would not be completely repealed. First, President Obama would have to certify a Pentagon review of how repealing "don't ask, don't tell" would impact troop morale. The report is due Dec. 1, and the Defense authorization bill simply gives the Defense Department authority to act on its findings.
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Comment: The nagging issue I have had is that homosexuality or same-sex attraction is considered a psychological illness. While I know there are various degrees of the illness, I wonder what the legal issues are and to what extent the US Government could be sued due to lapses in judgment because of the illness.
Personally I would like to see more research concerning the illness away from the media circus and agenda special interest groups before we tamper with our nations security.