January 29, 2010 | by Chris Johnson
Pentagon to unveil new policy for gays in the military

Media reports are circulating that the Pentagon is poised to unveil new details on the way forward for handling discharges under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

According to The Hill newspaper, the Defense Department plans to make public next week a new plan to implement the 1993 law banning gays from serving openly in the U.S. military.

“The Department leadership is actively working on an implementation plan and will have more to say about it next week,” Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell was quoted as saying.

In his State of the Union address on Wednesday, President Obama pledged to work this year with Congress and military leaders to fulfill his campaign promise to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Activists have been pressuring President Obama to include repeal as part of his upcoming defense budget request to Congress, which is set to become public Monday. It’s possible the Pentagon’s new plan could be repeal language included as part of Obama’s request.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has also said for months that Pentagon lawyers are looking to see if there’s a way to implement ”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in a “more humane” way. The new plan could be a change along these lines that would work in the interim until Congress repeals the law.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

3 Comments
  • Defense Sec. Robert Gates says that the military should harass, intimidate, disgrace and discriminate against gay and lesbian soldiers & patriots in a “more humane” way??? Well f&%k you too!! I think it is time to discharge anyone in the military who says “god bless you”, or who wears a cross around their neck or on their lapel, how about that? I feel like discriminating too…

  • How do you make tax paying citizens second class without harm? There is no “more humane” way to have this policy.

  • Peter the saint:

    My partner was in the Air Force and says that the people most disruptive to military cohesiveness were the Holy Joes. Therefore, if the military-cohesiveness argument applies to LGBT people, it applies to people of faith, too.

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