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Desperate Anti-Gay Congressmen Ask Defense Secretary to Delay Next Week's Final Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

FOX News reports that House Armed Services Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (pictured), R-Calif., and Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C. have asked Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to delay next week's final repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".

Mckeon Mr. Secretary, we trust that you will see the risk of moving forward with repeal without giving service members and their leaders adequate time to study, understand and prepare themselves to implement the revised policies and regulations they will need to be successful," the letter reads.

The pair also requests that the Defense Department share with the committee the service chiefs and the views of senior military leaders in memoranda form, a request that has been denied by the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the past.

Read McKeon and Wilson's letter to Panetta, AFTER THE JUMP...

Panetta says no:

"The repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell will occur, in accordance with the law and after a rigorous certification process, on September 20," a Pentagon spokesman said. "Senior Department of Defense officials have advised Congress of changes to regulations and policies associated with repeal. We take that obligation seriously."

Ham This week, General Carter Ham, who co-directed a Pentagon study on ending the ban, told the AP that lifting it would make little noise:

“My hope, my expectation, my belief is that it will be pretty inconsequential,” he told The Associated Press in a brief interview. His comments echoed the prevailing view among senior U.S. military and civilian officials at the Pentagon, who think repeal will largely be taken in stride.

And:

The Army’s new chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, said last week that he does not expect to make any public pronouncement when repeal takes effect next week. “We’re beyond that now,” Odierno said. “I’m not concerned it. I think we’ll be okay.”

Read McKeon and Wilson's letter to Panetta, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via think progress lgbt)

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  1. wow...it is now the law, studies have been performed ... get over it and move on!!

    Posted by: paul | Sep 15, 2011 10:37:26 AM


  2. Honestly! What is it with these guys? I really want to know exactly why they think we are so vile that they have to go so far out of their way to stop us from being able to do anything. This seems to go beyond simple hate. Has anyone besides the KKK ever been this virulently anti any group?!? WTF?

    Posted by: MT | Sep 15, 2011 11:16:32 AM


  3. It's evident the Rethugligan Party has literally lost its mind. I guess by drinking the Teahadist recipe Kool-Aid the GOPers have gone off the deep end. Their virulent hatred of the GLBT community is proof of their absolute insanity.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Sep 15, 2011 11:29:19 AM


  4. And they got completely shut down by the DOD. Honestly I think they still haven’t figured out that the military isn’t on their side on this anymore and just wants to get this done and move on. We will hear some more squawking from the house and anti gay groups on the 20th but at this point they are just treading water and making themselves look even worse.

    Posted by: bill johnson | Sep 15, 2011 1:12:06 PM


  5. These guys are scared to death because it's going to be a big ho-hum. They're on the wrong side of history and public opinion, nobody gives a hoot, and their world is about to shatter.

    Yay.

    Posted by: Hunter | Sep 15, 2011 1:21:14 PM


  6. They must have seen the you tube video those two soldiers dancing to Barbie World.

    Posted by: jaragon | Sep 15, 2011 6:07:34 PM


  7. It's just that their gravy train is about to get derailed. They've been peddling hate and intolerance so long they are incapable of figuring out that there are still other minorities they can make white teabaggers afraid of and thereby make some coin.

    Posted by: justinw | Sep 15, 2011 6:37:57 PM


  8. @HADENOUGHBS: I love "teahadist"—did you come up with that?

    Posted by: David R. | Sep 15, 2011 8:30:54 PM


  9. Republicans, will you please F*#k off?

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Sep 15, 2011 8:44:05 PM


  10. Wait! Where's Michael@Leonard...? No more ranting at Obama?

    Posted by: David R. | Sep 16, 2011 12:40:03 AM


  11. Honestly! What is it with these guys? I really want to know exactly why they think we are so vile that they have to go so far out of their way to stop us from being able to do anything. This seems to go beyond simple hate. Has anyone besides the KKK ever been this virulently anti any group?!? WTF?

    Posted by: MT | Sep 15, 2011 11:16:32 A


    Exactly. But you know what is scary? The amount of gay people who not only have not posted on this post because they would rather make Obama unrelectable with other gays but also the large amount of gay republicans who WILL vote GOP next year. Including GOProud whom Towleroad interviewed.

    Nice.

    Posted by: Rowan | Sep 16, 2011 8:43:20 AM


  12. Canada has allowed its LGBT citizens the freedom to serve their military Openly since 1992.

    why on earth do millions of Americans think it won't work there?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 16, 2011 2:09:18 PM


  13. What it is with these guys you ask? Well, for one thing, this idiot McKeon is Mormon...

    Posted by: cbhermey | Sep 16, 2011 6:21:15 PM


  14. It is a time-tested fact, with plenty of evidence, that those in Congress and those who are religiously-affiliated, that the loudest anti-gay people among those groups are themselves closeted gay men.

    Posted by: Scott | Sep 16, 2011 6:30:29 PM


  15. That's my representative... *facepalm*. Sadly, he probably will be until he quits, because he's in a comfortable district that just got more comfortable with the new district lines.

    Posted by: Bobsyouruncle | Sep 16, 2011 8:50:45 PM


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