Today's Date: April 18, 2021
Health Foundation of South Florida, Miami-Dade and Broward counties partner to launch locally produced, multi-media COVID vaccin   •   Global COVID-19 Vaccine Inequalities Are Scandalous, Says AHF   •   /C O R R E C T I O N -- SWAIA/Santa Fe Indian Market/   •   Wildflower Strengthens Commitment to Black Maternal Health with New Tools, Resources for Black Mothers   •   Biden administration forces taxpayers to fund the trafficking of aborted baby body parts, says Family Research Council   •   Reynolds Consumer Products Inc. to Report First Quarter 2021 Financial Results on May 5, 2021   •   Wrangler® Unveils Global Sustainability Platform: WeCare Wrangler™   •     STI Awareness Month: Rachel Zar, Relationship and Sex Therapist on Staying Safe Between the Sheets   •   Labcorp to Webcast Its Annual Meeting of Shareholders   •   USA Fashion to Manufacture a Collection of Solid Basic Apparel as a Core Offering of its USA Fashion Women’s Clothing Bran   •   One Voice Children's Choir Uses Their Voices to Raise Awareness of Their Nonprofit with "Little Voice"   •   CUPE Lays Out Priorities for Budget 2021   •   Franklin Covey Co. Named to 2021 Training Industry Top 20 Training Companies List For 10th Time For Best-in-Class Leadership Sol   •   Half of Kids with Inflammatory Syndrome After COVID-19 Have Neurologic Symptoms   •   Statement on the first anniversary of the mass shooting in Nova Scotia   •   Boutique Air Announces New Las Vegas-Merced Route   •   Reconciliation in Action: Fisheries Agreement reached between Government of Canada and the Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government   •   Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Joins Pastor Hackett's Protest for Diversity on Chancery Court   •   Government of Canada COVID-19 Update for Indigenous Peoples and communities   •   Cymbiotika Launches Mother’s Day Bundle
Bookmark and Share

NOW: DADT Repeal Does Not Go Far Enough -- Discharges Should End Immediately

The House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to end the discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy that has barred lesbians and gay men from serving openly in the military.

"This has been a long time coming. More than 14,000 service members have had their careers cut short," said NOW President Terry O'Neill. "While NOW applauds the action taken by Congress, we believe that it does not go far enough."

The amendments to the Defense Authorization bill allow for a repeal, but only after the Defense Department has completed a study of implementation and its impact on troops. This study, already underway, is not due to Congress until Dec. 1, meaning the full repeal will probably not take effect until next year. The Washington Post reports that "Pentagon officials have said it could take several months after completing the study until they are prepared to fully integrate gays into the armed forces." Also still required are a vote on the amendment by the full Senate, final passage of the Defense Authorization bill, and certification by President Obama and military leaders.

"How many more service members will be discharged during this delay? How many will serve under the threat of possible exposure and expulsion?" asked O'Neill. "This issue does not need to be studied any longer. Extensive research has already been done. Other countries have taken the lead in welcoming openly lesbian and gay service members into their armed forces, and the results have been positive and productive. With equality on the line, the U.S. should stop the unnecessary delay and end the discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy immediately."

O'Neill noted that Don't Ask, Don't Tell has a disproportionate impact on women in the military, according to the Service Women's Action Network. Sexual harassment of military women often takes the form of lesbian baiting; and in 2008, 34 percent of service members discharged were women, although women make up only 15 percent of military personnel.

"Every day that this unjust policy continues is another day of discrimination that leads to the military's loss of valuable service members and the needless disruption of their careers and lives," said Terry O'Neill.

 

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.



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