Pentagon to Lift U.S. Military’s Gay Ban

Don't Ask, Don't TellViola Gienger reports on Bloomberg:

Top Pentagon officials will announce tomorrow their decision to certify lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces, two defense officials said.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are ready to certify that the armed forces are fully prepared for the change and that it won’t harm military readiness, said the officials who weren’t authorized to discuss the decision before the announcement.

President Barack Obama signed legislation into law in December that would repeal the prohibition, called “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” 60 days after the Defense Department drafts a plan for putting the new regulations in place and Obama and Pentagon officials certify that the shift wouldn’t harm recruitment, retention or readiness.

Obama is scheduled to meet with Panetta and Mullen tomorrow afternoon.

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  • jasonpaulhayes

    Perhaps, they should have equal marriage rights too and stop having to live under religious oppression.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      I think they’re working on that one too; give it time. For all the shit in the world, there is still some good looming on the horizon.

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Perhaps, they should have equal marriage rights too and stop having to like under religious oppression.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    And good riddance…I may not think that military service is the greatest career choice…since its basically volunteering to be misused for often unethical purposes by a government that considers you cannon fodder/world police…

    …but there are a lot of great people who want to do something they believe is patriotic and meaningful…and being gay is no reason to shut them out. When theres a crisis…the last thing anyone cares about is who looks fun for a roll in the sack. The BS from the old brass at the top has always been thinly veiled belief that gay people live only for sex and will ruin the military by making people worry about their teammates instead of their jobs. This is ridiculous and ignorant on the face of it…we also live for good shopping and witty repartee.

    Frankly…the kind of human failure who is so paranoid and phobic that he spends all day fretting over who is or isn’t gay…is so screwed up that they aren’t fit for service to start with. That kind of mental weakness is never limited to just the issue of homosexuality…it comes attached to a whole stack of neuroses and failings. If anything, we should be screening out people with faults like these exactly because they are, and have always been, the weakest link.

    • Bigdickmegaherz

      “Frankly…the kind of human failure who is so paranoid and phobic that he spends all day fretting over who is or isn’t gay…is so screwed up that they aren’t fit for service to start with. ..”
      I was in the military. Alot of those guys are repressed homosexuals. I had some gay friends in the Army and none of them were as touchy feely as the closeted angry homophobes. Homophobes are fags.

    • jasonpaulhayes

      I couldn’t agree more brother, well said!

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    And good riddance…I may not think that military service is the greatest career choice…since its basically volunteering to be misused for often unethical purposes by a government that considers you cannon fodder/world police…

    …but there are a lot of great people who want to do something they believe is patriotic and meaningful…and being gay is no reason to shut them out. When theres a crisis…the last thing anyone cares about is who looks fun for a roll in the sack. The BS from the old brass at the top has always been thinly veiled belief that gay people live only for sex and will ruin the military by making people worry about their teammates instead of their jobs. This is ridiculous and ignorant on the face of it…we also live for good shopping and witty repartee.

    Frankly…the kind of human failure who is so paranoid and phobic that he spends all day fretting over who is or isn’t gay…is so screwed up that they aren’t fit for service to start with. That kind of mental weakness is never limited to just the issue of homosexuality…it comes attached to a whole stack of neuroses and failings. If anything, we should be screening out people with faults like these exactly because they are, and have always been, the weakest link.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    I think they’re working on that one too; give it time. For all the shit in the world, there is still some good looming on the horizon.

  • Anonymous

    Define “reliable person”.

    And, what guarantee do you have that, even if you think a person is reliable, they actually are?

  • Koen_De_Groote

    Define “reliable person”.

    And, what guarantee do you have that, even if you think a person is reliable, they actually are?

  • Nunzio X

    Shit, they act like they’re planning D-Day, Part Two.

    Here’s how it could have / should have gone down:

    OBAMA: As Commander In Chief, I order the lifting of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Effective immediately, gay, lesbian, and transgendered personnel may serve openly in the US military without fear of reprisal or punishment. We expect all personnel, gay or straight, to follow existing fraternization policies. And I expect military leaders to implement this change of policy with the professionalism they exhibit in carrying out all other missions assigned to them. Oh—-did I mention, effective IMMEDIATELY?

    Instead, they fucked around for years. Jesus—-use your fucking clout, Obama!

  • Nunzio X

    Shit, they act like they’re planning D-Day, Part Two.

    Here’s how it could have / should have gone down:

    OBAMA: As Commander In Chief, I order the lifting of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Effective immediately, gay, lesbian, and transgendered personnel may serve openly in the US military without fear of reprisal or punishment. We expect all personnel, gay or straight, to follow existing fraternization policies. And I expect military leaders to implement this change of policy with the professionalism they exhibit in carrying out all other missions assigned to them. Oh—-did I mention, effective IMMEDIATELY?

    Instead, they fucked around for years. Jesus—-use your fucking clout, Obama!

    • Butter Knife

      DADT was implemented as a result of law instituted by Congress, and as president Obama had to honor that law.

      While I find that system despicable, I cannot advocate for the president openly breaking or ignoring the law.

      • Tuna Ghost

        The article says “top Pentagon officials”, not Obama.  Obama signed a piece of legislation, which I think means it originated in Congress.  

    • Hadrian999

      It would be an unlawful order, the commander in chief doesn’t have the authority to countermand congressional administration of the armed forces

  • Butter Knife

    DADT was implemented as a result of law instituted by Congress, and as president Obama had to honor that law.

    While I find that system despicable, I cannot advocate for the president openly breaking or ignoring the law.

  • Hadrian999

    It’s about god damned time, we are supposed to have a professional armed forces, worrying about a persons lifestyle and sexual preference outside work isn’t professional. When I was a soldier I “caught” a member of my company being gay and he looked like he was about to have a nervous breakdown. It sickens me that our armed forces had such a culture of hate and fear that a man who served honorably in a time of war was so scared about what would happen to him if his brothers in arms found out that he was a homosexual, this is not what we should be about.

  • Hadrian999

    It’s about god damned time, we are supposed to have a professional armed forces, worrying about a persons lifestyle and sexual preference outside work isn’t professional. When I was a soldier I “caught” a member of my company being gay and he looked like he was about to have a nervous breakdown. It sickens me that our armed forces had such a culture of hate and fear that a man who served honorably in a time of war was so scared about what would happen to him if his brothers in arms found out that he was a homosexual, this is not what we should be about.

  • Bigdickmegaherz

    Dude, not everything you don’t like boils down to religion. I bet if you look sociopaths are behind the problems in the world, not people who believe in more…or even atheists who believe in less. Let mother fuckers believe what they want. Sociopaths cause evil, not dreaming…. asshole.

  • Bigdickmegaherz

    “Frankly…the kind of human failure who is so paranoid and phobic that he spends all day fretting over who is or isn’t gay…is so screwed up that they aren’t fit for service to start with. ..”
    I was in the military. Alot of those guys are repressed homosexuals. I had some gay friends in the Army and none of them were as touchy feely as the closeted angry homophobes. Homophobes are fags.

  • Hadrian999

    It would be an unlawful order, the commander in chief doesn’t have the authority to countermand congressional administration of the armed forces

  • Anonymous

    I agree, it is about time. Now we just have to get rid of all the gender biases that exist

  • Anonymous

    I agree, it is about time. Now we just have to get rid of all the gender biases that exist

  • MoralDrift

    I agree, it is about time. Now we just have to get rid of all the gender biases that exist

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    I couldn’t agree more brother, well said!

  • Tuna Ghost

    The article says “top Pentagon officials”, not Obama.  Obama signed a piece of legislation, which I think means it originated in Congress.  

  • Tuna Ghost

    The article says “top Pentagon officials”, not Obama.  Obama signed a piece of legislation, which I think means it originated in Congress.