Today's Date: April 23, 2024
Quaker Houghton Releases its 2023 Sustainability Report   •   Coke Florida Celebrates Earth Day with Statewide Sustainability and Conservation Activities   •   Resilient Waters Fund Wins the 2024 Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge   •   Announcing the Fifth Annual Women in Horticulture Week: A Celebration of Women's Progress and Empowerment in the Green Industry   •   iSun, Inc. Announces Restructuring of Executive Team   •   BuzzFeed, Inc. to Release First Quarter 2024 Financial Results on Monday, May 13, 2024   •   AUSTRALIAN BATTERY MATERIALS INNOVATOR ANNOUNCES US EXPANSION   •   Alterra Mountain Company Releases Its 2023 Impact Report   •   Green Seal Releases 2024 Impact Report Showing Meaningful Plastic, Water, Carbon Savings from Certified Products   •   First of its Kind Partnership Delivers a Waste Heat to Power Project That Will Reduce the University of Dayton’s Carbon Fo   •   BOARDWALK RELEASES 2023 ESG REPORT   •   JBG SMITH Releases 2024 Sustainability Report   •   Seagate Drives Progress on Its Renewable Energy and Circularity Programs   •   Vasta Platform Limited to Report First Quarter 2024 Financial Results on May 08, 2024   •   2023 Sustainability Report Demonstrates Canfor and Canfor Pulp's Continued ESG Performance   •   2023 Sustainability Report Demonstrates Canfor Pulp and Canfor's Continued ESG Performance   •   PG&E Customers' Electricity 100% Greenhouse Gas-Free in 2023   •   TULU 2024 World Indigenous Tourism Summit Opens in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Gathering 27 Countries to Focus on "Indigenous Cultures an   •   Sallie Mae Declares Dividends on Preferred Stock Series B and Common Stock   •   New novel explores love, loss and triumph through the eyes of a first-generation Latina lawyer
Bookmark and Share

Latinos Support Drive To Rid Military Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

 

Hispanic Link, News Report , Luis Carlos López, 

The Obama administration, with growing support from top military brass and members of Congress, including half of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, is moving to repeal the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law — a 1993 compromise by President Clinton that lifted the longstanding outright ban on gays and lesbians serving in the military.

Since 1994 there have been 13,500 discharges under that law.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates have echoed the call to action by saying the military is ready for change.

The 2009 Military Readiness Enhancement Act was introduced last March by California Rep. Ellen Tauscher, who three months later resigned to accept a presidential appointment as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control.

The bill is currently being reviewed by the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on military personnel.

Supporter Loretta Sánchez (D-Calif.), a subcommittee member, told Weekly Report, “No individual should have to hide who they are to serve in America’s military. This is an issue of fairness that affects all of us, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.”

People 'More Accepting'

Military Readiness Enhancement now has 187 cosponsors. Among them are nearly 20 Latino members of Congress, including nonvoting member Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico.

Edwin Emilio Corbin Gutiérrez, project coordinator with the Association of Latino Men for Action, hails the repeal effort as an important step toward greater civil liberties.

“We are seeing a wave of change in public attitudes, especially among young people,” he says. “They are much more accepting now.”

Not so, says the Christian Coalition of America, which is launching a national campaign to defeat the bill.

President Roberta Combs urged members, “Let the President know...the military is no place for social experimentation.

"The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy has been in place since the early ’90s and it is overwhelmingly supported by majorities of American public, and more importantly, an overwhelming majority of our men and women in uniform.”

In 1993, Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs at the time, spoke against allowing gays to serve in the Armed Forces at all. More recently, he has changed his stance and commented in favor of lifting the ban.

Kevin Nix, director of communication for the Washington, D.C.-based Legal Defense Network, defined his organization’s position to Weekly Report:

McCain Contradiction?
“This is not a liberal, conservative, Democrat or Republican issue at all. It is in fact one of the most bipartisan supported proposals in the country. The impact is not only important to Latinos. It is important to everybody.”

Addressing the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 2, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) characterized Don’t Ask Don’t Tell as an “imperfect but effective policy.” Changing it would disrupt unit cohesion, he said.

His statement was in apparent contradiction to one he made in Iowa in 2006 when he endorsed the law but said he would support change if military leaders proposed it.

“The day the leadership of the military comes to me and says, ‘Senator, we ought to change the policy,’ then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it...”

Referring to McCain’s comments, Nix responded, “I would challenge anyone to come out and point to there being a problem with unit cohesion, morale or good order. We have yet to hear what the examples are.”



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