President Obama hailed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 as a civil liberties step forward; three months later there have been no progress towards friendly integration of gay soldiers into the military. The unconstitutional policy has still not been officially terminated; the Obama Administration is still in the process of constructing a new system to replace the biased system under which gays are discharged for being gay. In the original bill did not overturn the policy, actually it said the policy would “remain in effect” until a replacement policy was devised.
How Will The Obama Administration Integrate Gays into the Military?
Since the passing of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 key members of the administration have been constructing a new system, under which hopefully gays will not be persecuted against. In the terms of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 it was specifically outlined the current policy would first be analysed and then a new policy would be drawn up.
This would mitigate concerns of military personal and their families by creating a steady organized process. The drawback to this planned system is progress comes slowly; more than two months after the signing of the bill the Obama Administration is only suspected of releasing new policy this week. It will still be another sixty days after that until the unbiased policy is fully enacted.
Is There Resentment for the Sluggishness of the Administration?
Currently, whenever a military soldier from any of the corps is convicted of being gay they are swiftly removed and quietly discharged. Openly gay men and women are not permitted to join the military under even the most dire of circumstances. There is still bitter grievances from the gay community; they will not be content until the new policy is fully enacted and operational.
Will Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Be Terminated?
It is certain that a new policy will be enacted, it is only a matter of time. The Obama Administration has followed through on other popular acts, such as The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 whose policy started being put into effect days after being enacted. President Obama has openly supported the controversial bill, proclaiming “I will end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell!” The Secretary of Defense, Robert M. Gates, is the other critical policymaker who will create a new unbiased policy. Gates supports Obama. Change is coming, the government is simply being careful as they implement this controversial policy so that it sticks and all those who wish to patriotically serve can fight
Why Were Gays Not Permitted To Serve?
The logic of this policy was that gay soldiers would be easily distracted by their fellow soldiers and would be ineffective. A counterexample to this fallacious logic is the The Sacred Band of Thebes, who were one of the most fierce and successful military units in history; they were completely made up of gay combatants. There has also never been conviction of a United States personal becoming combat ineffective because of whom they have loved. The opposers of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 were nothing short of paranoid fools.