March 29, 2020         
New Flotation Device is Impacting the Lives of Individuals Struggling With Physical Disabilities   •   HITN Launches Content and Services to Help Hispanic Families Cope with the Coronavirus Threat   •   TherapeuticsMD Provides COVID-19-Related Business Update   •   ASHA: Ten Ways Children With Language Disorders Can Maintain Both Physical Distance and Social Connection During the Coronavirus   •   Statement From ESSENCE Communications, Inc. on the Postponement of the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture   •   Panera Announces Partnership With USDA And Children's Hunger Alliance To Provide Meals In Ohio   •   New Baseball Short Film Chronicles Elmora Troopers' Journey to 2019 Little League World Series   •   PeopleReady’s JobStack App is Helping Companies Obtain Gig Workers for Critical “Second Responder” Jobs 24/7   •   With City on Lockdown, Dallas Church Launches Online TV Station   •   Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights Statement on Peaceful Transition of Reverend Doctor Joseph Ech   •   Sallie Mae Donates $200,000 to the Food Bank of Delaware to Support Those Affected by COVID-19   •   Heartis Arlington Among First Senior Living Communities To Test All Residents And Staff For COVID-19   •   Invacare Corporation Named a 2019 Winning “W” Company by 2020 Women on Boards   •   Hyundai Hope On Wheels Expands Its Support For COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing To 11 Children's Hospitals With $2.2 Million   •   Perfect Corp. Offers Three Complimentary Beauty AR/AI Virtual Try-on Services to the Beauty Brands to Accelerate Digital Transfo   •   Publix Offering Rent Relief in Publix-owned Shopping Centers   •   Jesus Shows His Love and Proves that He Is Real: He Wants to Know Readers Personally   •   16 Local Nonprofits Awarded Nearly $370,000 in First Round of Grants from the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund   •   Taco Bell Plans to Feed America this Tuesday   •   Millionaire Match Wins Success for Those Who Seek Long-Term Relationships & Marriage Through Millionaire Dating
Bookmark and Share

Gates Can Accept 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Amendment

 by Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

 WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates can accept a proposed congressional amendment overturning the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military, but would prefer that lawmakers wait until a Defense Department review to assess its full impact is completed, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said May 25.

"Secretary Gates continues to believe that ideally, the (Defense Department) review should be completed before there is any legislation to repeal the 'don't ask, don't tell,' law," Mr. Morrell said. "With Congress having indicated that is not possible, the secretary can accept the language in the proposed amendment."

Congress has made clear it won't wait for results of the Defense Comprehensive Review on the Implementation of Repeal of 10 U.S.C. 654, due Dec. 1, and expects to put the issue to a vote this week.

Office of Management and Budget Director Peter R. Orszag expressed the Obama administration's support for the proposed amendment in a May 24 letter to its sponsors.

Even if Congress passes the measure this week, the policy would remain in effect until after the review is completed and the president and military leaders have certified that a policy change wouldn't threaten the military's ability to carry out its missions, defense officials explained.

"The proposed amendment will allow for completion of the comprehensive review, enable the Department of Defense to assess the results of the review, and ensure that the implementation of the repeal is consistent with standards of military readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, recruiting and retention," Mr. Orszag wrote.

The amendment also will guarantee that the department "has prepared the necessary polices and regulations needed to successfully implement the repeal," he continued.

"Furthermore, such an approach recognizes the critical need to allow our military and their families the full opportunity to inform and shape the implementation process through a thorough understanding of their concerns, insights and suggestions," he wrote. "The administration therefore supports the proposed amendment."

Like Secretary Gates, the administration ideally would like to see the DOD review completed before Congress takes any legislative action, Mr. Orszag conceded. But recognizing that Congress has "chosen to move forward now," he said the administration can support the proposed amendment.

Secretary Gates, who supports the law's repeal, announced in February that he had ordered a review to understand the implications of a possible repeal of the 17-year-old law. President Barack Obama has called on Congress to repeal the law.



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News