January 15th, 2010
03:07 PM ET
12 years ago

Lawmakers might tack 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal on to bill


Officials warn that with wars ongoing in Iraq and Afghanistan, above, changes to military policy will not come quickly.

Washington (CNN) - In an effort to repeal the military's policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," some members of Congress are looking at putting a provision into the defense authorization bill coming up for a vote.

Passed by Congress in 1993, the law allows for the discharge of gay, lesbian and bisexual members of the military if they announce their orientation, engage in sexual relations and are caught, or attempt to marry a
person of the same gender.

Since its enactment, more than 13,500 service members have been discharged, at a cost of more than $400 million, said the office of Rep. Jim Moran, D-Virginia, in a statement.

Part of the reason for including it in the spending bill is that supporters don't have enough votes to pass a separate measure repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell: the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009.

An aide to a leading sponsor of the current defense bill admits that Don't Ask, Don't Tell legislation has not secured the support of the 218 members needed to approve it on its own.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Peter

    No I hate this have an up or down vote on an issue...let see who stands where...............

    January 15, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. JonDie

    Let anyone who wants to serve serve. Only morons believe otherwise.

    January 15, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Ready for 2012

    I hope "don't ask don't tell" is repealed. There is really no justification for it. As thin as the military is stretched, to kick someone out who is willing to serve just because of their sexual orientation is stupid.

    January 15, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    It's about time. Our military has lost a lot of valuable personnel because of that antiquated law.

    January 15, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    "Conservatives" are SO CONCERNED with cost, but will spend hundreds of millions to train, then discharge GOOD WILLING TROOPS – THAT WE DESPERATELY NEED.
    Congress. Kill Don't Ask Don't Tell.

    January 15, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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