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Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA) to Reintroduce Legislation Calling for the Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Originally introduced during the 109th Congress, a bill calling for the repeal of the U.S. Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is to be reintroduced by Congressman Marty Meehan (D-MA). Meehan (seen third from left in the 2005 photo below) will reintroduce the legislation at a press conference this morning. When first introduced, the bill was supported by more than 120 members of Congress but the reversal failed.

MeehanIn November, Meehan announced he would reintroduce the bill, saying "We will have hearings, and then we can have an honest dialogue with members of Congress. I believe, and have always believed, that once people see the facts, it will become clear that this is a policy that actually hurts national security and hurts the military."

At this morning's press conference, according to the Servicemen's Legal Defense Network, Meehan will be joined by C. Dixon Osburn, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), as well as by BG Evelyn “Pat” Foote, USA (Ret.), a member of SLDN’s honorary board, and SLDN client and Former Marine Sergeant Brian Fricke, an openly gay veteran of the war in Iraq.

Also, According to SLDN, "Another participant will be an Iraq war veteran from Texas who lost his right leg in combat and will be coming out of the closet publicly at the press conference in his support for the repeal of the law."

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  1. SLDN is an amazing and grossly underrated organization. Sergeant Fricke keynoted their dinner last year and was THE BEST spokesperson for GLBT equality that I have ever seen or heard. We have a terrific family of groups fighting for us, but SLDN deserves a lot more credit and support than it receives. Their annual dinner is on March 24 in DC and will again showcase their excellent work on behalf of all of us. I'm surprised you aren't linking to their site and encourage readers to check them out and consider providing support.

    Posted by: Kelly | Feb 22, 2007 10:22:30 AM


  2. A simple repeal will not be sufficient since that would put policy back in the hands of the pentagon and the administration. They need to make the policy non-discriminatory in law.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 22, 2007 11:36:48 AM


  3. I agree that SDLN is an impressive organization. They might be slow in demanding necessary radical change, but they are behind some of the progress we've seen, and sometimes slow and steady does win the race.

    Posted by: John | Feb 22, 2007 12:02:57 PM


  4. Completely agree with anon.

    I am very suspicious of why in the middle of war they are pushing so hard to repeal this. In the eight plus years before the Iraq war there was no major push to repeal don't ask, don't tell. The military has had some policy to root out gay people since the end of WWI. Since then they have relaxed those policies ALL during war time - WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. What the military and people that support the military are saying is that when we are desparate we will call on the gays. And the only reason they want gays to be in the service during wartime is to suffer. If this passes before the end of the Iraq war I'll blow my lid because only 3 years ago these same people were fighting tooth and nail to make sure gay people couldn't get married.

    Posted by: Jack! | Feb 22, 2007 12:56:40 PM


  5. Wait, I thought Reichen overturned DADT? Can I get a refund?

    Posted by: Charlie | Feb 22, 2007 2:29:12 PM


  6. Don't ask, Don't tell isn't law....it's an Executive order to the Military. They made the ruling because the Commander-in-Chief wanted it. Congress has little say in day to day rules of the military.

    Posted by: joshua | Feb 22, 2007 6:14:15 PM


  7. That bill has been introduced in every congress since 1982, that's 25 years and it will probably be another 25 until it passes.

    Posted by: Shane | Feb 22, 2007 9:47:20 PM


  8. Shane, sorry, but DADT was enacted during the Clinton administration! 25 years ago?? You may be thinking of ENDA. In any event, now that the first 100 hours of the new congressional majority's time has elaspsed, it's high time that DADT was repealed and ENDA was enacted.

    Posted by: Bryan | Mar 3, 2007 3:42:11 PM


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