‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal to Be on Fiscal 2011 Defense Bill?

So says Barney Frank, reports the Washington Blade:

Barney "Frank said in an interview with the Blade that repealing the 1993 law
barring gays from serving openly in the military would happen as part
of the fiscal year 2011 defense authorization bill. 'The House will take up and the Senate will take up ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t
Tell’ repeal,' he said. 'That will again, like hate crimes, even more
so, will have to be done, I believe, in the context of the defense
authorization. You can’t do the standalone bill. It belongs in the
defense authorization.' Frank said lawmakers would seek to amend the defense measure to include
a provision repealing 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.' Such a move would mimic
the way Congress recently enacted the hate crimes measure."

Frank also criticized Dick Durbin, who recently suggested that Congress was too busy to take up DADT in 2010: "Frank said it was a 'terrible mistake' for Durbin to suggest that
overturning 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' wouldn’t happen next year. Frank is
among the supporters who have asserted Congress would take up repeal in
2010. 'I think that’s a terrible mistake for him to say that and I believe
that it will be a great injustice to wait any longer,' Frank said. 'I
don’t think he has that option.'"

In related news, the American Medical Association has voted to oppose "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and also said that bans on same-sex marriage "contribute to health disparities," the AP reports:

"The nation's largest doctors' group stopped short of saying it would
seek to overturn marriage bans, but its new stance angered conservative
activists and provides a fresh boost to lobbying efforts by gay-rights


  1. 24play says


    That’s FISCAL YEAR 2011—as in the defense authorization bill that will move through Congress next year authorizing spending for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2010.

  2. Brian in Texas says

    You know that actually sounds reasonable to me. The 2010 Defense Authorization Bill has already passed (in 2009) and included the hate crimes legislation.

    This new bill would be passed presumably in 2010 (next year), which surprises me being that it is a midterm election year and some conservatives/republicans would try to marginalize the issue for political reasons.

  3. Paul R says

    Yep. But not many Repubs can explain not voting for a defense authorization, so they can say they had no choice. Everyone wins, hopefully us most of us. That’s how politics works.

  4. says

    Hmmm, given the current climate over the shootings at Ft. Hood and the resumed discussions over the amount of tours our soldiers go on resulting in stress and mental issues associated with it; seems to me that overturning DADT makes sense.

    Anyone wanting to make political hay out of it might get some serious pushback from within their own party. I can see the political ads being run by the left already.

  5. DR says

    I’m not so sure, I can easily see there being a strong vote against a bill which included a repeal of DADT. The Republicans will claim they’re being bullied and may not vote for any bill which includes the repeal. Hate Crimes was one thing, I don’t see them rolling over so easily on DADT. If I were them, I’d go on the record with a “no” vote, it’s an easy win for them with their constituencies.

  6. John says


    People really need to educate themselves about these technical terms before they speak. The fiscal year “2011” starts in October of 2010. Which means Congress has to pass the DOD appropriations measures for 2011 *before* the mid-term elections.

  7. says

    It;s amazing how the simplest DADT is taking so long. Anbd the longer it takes the more support its losing. Like the recent Poll.

    Also Frank saying this now might be just a way to open the Gay ATM’s. I’ll wait till its realed and DOMA is also before I send them a cent.

  8. Ted B. (Charging Rhino) says

    I also suspect Rep. Frank is just priming the Gay ATM-pump for the upcoming Congressional and Senate fund-raising…errm, campaign cycle. If the WH and Congressional leadership had the guts, they could issue a stop-order now, but they just want to milk the Gay ATM forever.

    The truth-be-told, Rep. Frank would prefer the 2015 Authorization…oh that’s right, Obama and his fellow-travellers wouldn’t be in office then.

  9. Rich says

    If the defense authorization bill was the avenue to get this done, why didn’t Rep. Frank insert it in the language for the 2010 authorization? I also seem to remember that the Senate suggested hearings to be conducted in the “fall” on DADT repeal — it’s almost Thanksgiving and still no hearings or any indication that they are going to happen.

    Let’s face it. The economy isn’t going to turn around in the next year and Democrats will be under fire before the mid-terms. DADT will not be repealed in 2010. Meanwhile, 65,000 gay and lesbian servicemembers are left hanging in the balance — forced to lie and live in the shadows.

    Thanks to President Obama for being the fierce advocate that will ultimately allow this discriminatory practice to remain.

  10. Chris in DC says

    This service member is done hanging in the balance, eight years of silence and inequality is enough for me. When my term is up next year I’m out.

  11. Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com says


    People who pontificate about the limited knowledge of others might want to think before they flame. The 2010 authorization bill was only finally passed on Oct 23rd with POTUS signing on the 28th (Judy & Dennis Shepard, the James Byrd family….ring a bell?)….thus less than a week before this year’s election. So anyone believing that anything controversial attached to the 2011 bill will not run smack dab into the 2010 midterms campaign is free to bid on those sections of the Brooklyn Bridge I have left to sell.

    And some Repugs who normally vote for every “defense” bill DID vote against this one because of the hate crimes rider so expect even more to next year if the far hotter button (to them) of DADT repeal is attached…elections or not.

    That is unless POTUS does what he PROMISED to do, what he was ELECTED to do, what both Harry Reid and Carl Levin have said he MUST do if repeal is to happen. What was that word again….rhymes with need….ah, now I remember: LEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Until then: the GAYTM is CLOSED!

    And a Happy Veterans Day to all past and present LGBT servicemembers…and THANK YOU!

  12. John says

    So, you have a couple of continuing resolutions while the kinks are worked out. Doesn’t change the fact that Fiscal Year 2011 means this 111th Congress.

    I don’t know what country you live in, but here in America, the fiscal year starts in October. And the new Congress doesn’t actually take office until January, meaning the lame ducks have plenty of time to throw in a few final shorts before they leave. The Republicans passed some last minute pork before packing their bags in late 2006. As did the Democrats in 1994.

    As for the Gay TM nonsense, I’m not sure why gays have such an exaggerated sense of their own importance. Unless you’re the CEO of Goldman Sachs or a Saudi Prince, Leland Frances, you can keep your crumpled twenty dollar bill. President Obama doesn’t seem to need any help when it comes to raising money from the capitalist class.