Gays in the U.S. Military - DADT
Modifying or repealing
"Don't ask, don't tell" 2010-MAY-27 to JUN-08
2010-MAY-27: Senate committee and full House votes to setup eventual repeal of DADT:
The Senate Armed Forces Committee voted early on the morning of MAY-27 to repeal the Don`t Ask Don`t Tell policy conditional on the issuance of the Pentagon report on the topic that is currently scheduled for 2010-DEC, and also conditional on confirmation that repeal of DADT would not affect the Armed Forces negatively. The vote was 16 to 12 for repeal. 15 Democrats and Senator Susan Collins (ME,R) voted for the bill. The committee then voted 18 to 10 to refer the bill to the full Senate.
This was followed a few hours later by the approval of the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 234 to 194. 229 Democrats and five Republicans supported the repeal amendment. 168 Republicans and 26 Democrats opposed it.
A vote in the full Senate has been scheduled for 2010-SEP-19.
Reactions to the actions in the Senate committee and House:
Chairperson of House Armed Services Committee advocates silence on DADT:
Rep. Ike Shelton (D-MO) believes that the military should retain their DADT because its repeal could place families in the difficult position of answering questions that their children might have about homosexuality. He asked:
"What do mommies and daddies say to their 7-year-old child?"
He added that his "biggest concern are the families." 6
The article on CBS News produced some interesting comments:
- Brunton 1812 posted: "Maybe we should abolish the military since I have trouble telling my 7 year old why a peace loving country trains people to kill. Explaining that all kinds of people love each other seems easy in comparison.
I guess Shelton lives in a different world.
- Lilbear925 posted: "The repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' doesn't mean parents should only NOW talk to their kids about homosexuality. It is the duty of every parent to talk to kids about everything, so they don't feel like they need to go find out themselves. Don't ask, don't tell has nothing to do with having to talk to your kids about this, NOW. You should have already done it."
- Jmdiaz10 posted: "Well, why not just kill all gay people and be done with "the gay problem" once and for all? It seems like the best solution. Don't stop at just not talking about them, because you might as well put all your cards on the table so we can see all the bigotry, hatred, ignorance, and vile with which you view a sexual minority."
- Drivelphobe posted: "Kids learn about this anyway and instinctively know it is wrong. You can't make something acceptable that's abhorrent by changing or making some laws. What can you tell a child about queers anyway? The only thing is to tell them to stay away from them and report any action they make that is offensive, threatening or makes one feel uncomfortable. They have to learn about harassment, the law and how to defend themselves from abuse or predation. Hate crimes go both way."
- cjknutsom posted: "I wish I'd spoken to my son about homosexuality when he was seven. He knew long before that age that he was gay.
He left the closet when he was in middle school, long before it became acceptable. Due in large part to his activism, my son's high school formed a diversity club the year after he graduated.
Years later, my son is an extremely happy, well adjusted and successful young man. I couldn't be more proud of him!"
- BobSF_94117 posted: "Speaking of 7-year-olds and how to explain things to them, how do you tell a child that one of his parents, can't phone him on his birthday because daddy is in Afghanistan and can't be put in the awkward position of saying Happy Birthday to his son because the Army doesn't know he has a son and CAN'T find out he has a son without ending daddy's career?"
- hayjacq posted: "Actually, parents should be prepared for their own children to be homosexual or intersexual. These conditions may not be identified early in life, and for the best health of children, they should be raised with a sexuality neutral tone. Young children don't actually think about sex in any way other than a determination of gender. Small children should simply be told that sometimes two guys or girls love each other in as neutral a tone as you can muster. There is a reason gay children/teens are miserable and commit more suicides. They grow up in a hostile environment. Oh, and I have three children, two of whom are in college and one is a senior in High school. They were raised with a sexuality neutral tone, and ended up heterosexuals anyway, as do the vast majority of children. Sexuality is innate. A sexuality neutral tone, is a tone in which you do not assume that your child will like boys/girls, but instead that they will have soul mate, or spouse, without specifying gender. In this way, your child will not notice that you are raising them in a sexuality neutral fashion, and they will not feel ostracized if they are homosexuals and keep it secret from you. You want your child to tell you that they are homosexual as young as possible so you can help them avoid the dangers that may befall them without a carrying loving parent around. Oh, and don't try to "cure" them if they are homosexual; it is a natural phenomenon that cannot be cured. I mean, you can't cure blue eyes, although you can wear brown contacts."
- Zann-Zel posted: "Why do people find talking to children so difficult? All you have to do is give a simple answer. Don't try to explain everything they'll ever need to know to a 4 year old. Just answer the one question they asked, with an answer a kid that age can understand" '
Mommy why are those two people holding hands?' '
They like each other.'
Kid moves on...." 6
The story continues.....
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- "Senate panel, House approve 'don't ask, don't tell' compromise plan,`CNN, 2010-MAY-28, at:http://www.cnn.com/
- Joe Solmonese, "Breaking: Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell repeal moves forward," Human Rights Campaign mailing, 2010-MAY-27.
- "Group Representing 2.5M Wartime Veterans to Congress: Keep 'Don't Ask'," LifeSiteNews.com, 2010-MAY-27, at: http://www.lifesitenews.com/
- Tony Perkins, "Playing politics with our soldiers," Family Research Council, 2010-MAY, at: http://www.frc.org/
- Gail Zoppo, "Congress approves 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal," DiversityInc, 2010-MAY-28. at: http://www.diversityinc.com/
- "Lawmaker Warns "Don't Ask" Repeal Means Talking to Kids About Homosexuality," Associated Press, 2010-JUN-08, at: http://www.cbsnews.com
Copyright © 2010 by Ontario Consultants on
Originally written: 2010-MAY-25
Latest update: 2010-DEC-19
Author: B.A. Robinson