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Report: Pentagon preparing to certify repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Don't Ask Don't Tell

By Adam Bink

My news alerts are lighting up with reports from the Wall Street Journal and NBC Pentagon reporters that the Pentagon is preparing to certify repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” According to the law, when the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the new Secretary of Defense, and the President all certify repeal in writing, then after 60 days elapses (a provision demanded by the late Sen. Byrd to “thoroughly review the implementation policy once certified”), “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will be no more.

More as the story develops.

Update: Statement from Alex at Servicemembers United:

“The timing of this announcement is in line with our expectations about Secretary Panetta waiting to settle into his new position at the Pentagon, surveying the landscape, and seeking feedback from his chiefs and commanders before making a move on certification. We are glad to see that just three weeks into his tenure as Secretary of Defense, he is already confident that this policy change can take place with little or no disruption to military readiness.”

And Aubrey at SLDN:

“This Pentagon certification received by the White House this afternoon is welcomed by gay and lesbian service members who have had to serve their country in silence for far too long.  The troops and their commanders are ready.  Our nation’s top military leaders have testified that commanders see no significant challenges ahead.  The official certification to Congress that the armed forces are prepared for the end of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’  should go to Capitol Hill tomorrow with the President’s signature.”



  • 1. ĶĭŗîļĺęΧҲΪ  |  July 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    About time. They promised mid-summer and it is about time to finally finish with this shameful practice in the military once and for all. Two years ago I wouldn't have believed if you told me DADT will be no more so soon. And now we are close as never before. Marriage equality is next, and no matter how unbelievable it may seem right now, we will prevail there, too, and sooner than we hope.

  • 2. Kathleen  |  July 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    And here's the LCR's argument to the 9th Circuit that certification will not moot the case:

  • 3. Alan_Eckert  |  July 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm

  • 4. Ann S.  |  July 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm


  • 5. Ronnie  |  July 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm


    Subscribing & sharing a few articles/stories…

    In Living Color
    NY Ink’s Robear Chinosi talks about his show, growing up gay in a large Hispanic family, and offers advice on how to deal with homophobia in the workplace.

    Need to Know: One Man Army's Jeff Bloovman
    The gay winner of an episode of a new Discovery Channel military competition reality series chats about his experience with DADT, defying straight “masculine” stereotypes, and his support of raising children around guns.


  • 6. Kathleen  |  July 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    LCR v. USA (DADT case) LCR's opposition to the government's emergency motion to reconsider the order lifting the stay.

  • 7. Gregory in SLC  |  July 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Despite DADT Repeal, No Spousal Benefits for Gay Soldiers

    It cannot be denied, however, that until DOMA is repealed, gay and lesbian servicemembers will continue to be discriminated against and suffer a lesser status, at least institutionally, than their heterosexual counterparts. One might also venture that such unequal treatment cannot be good for unit cohesion either.

  • 8. Gregory in SLC  |  July 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    If you need feel good video watch as "Gay Barbarians" descend on Bachmann "pray away the gay" clinic! : D[youtube DCUX5rDPlis&feature=player_embedded youtube]

  • 9. Kate  |  July 21, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Check out the street address of this clinic as the Barbarians enter — 8669!!!

  • 10. Gregory in SLC  |  July 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm


  • 11. Seth from Maryland  |  July 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm

  • 12. Seth from Maryland  |  July 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    dang it , link did not work, dont click ,waste of time

  • 13. Sagesse  |  July 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Third Way Report: Americans come around since DOMA passage

  • 14. LCH  |  July 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm


  • 15. Seth from Maryland  |  July 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    anyway, it was about Gov O'Malley making a announcement tommerow the he will be more involed in helping win marriage equality in maryland in 2012

  • 16. Sagesse  |  July 22, 2011 at 4:08 am

    DADT certifications expected Friday

    "The White House official schedules indicate that Vice President Joe Biden will swear in Panetta at 11 a.m. and that President Obama will meet with Panetta and Mullen at 2:45 p.m. EDT."

  • 17. Jon  |  July 22, 2011 at 10:22 am


    We are watching history happen. Nothing less.

  • 18. David Henderson  |  July 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I particularly like footnote 14:

    "Suppose California’s capital punishment statute calls for execution by hanging, and a district court invalidates that statute as violative of the Eighth Amendment. The state legislature responds by passing an act providing that the statute will be repealed effective after the Bureau of Prisons certifies that it has developed a replacement protocol, but that the existing statute will remain in place, and executions will continue to be carried out, until the state’s supply of rope runs out. Should this court accept the proposition that the repeal rescues the statute from unconstitutionality?"

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