As discussed in the previous post, President Obama plans to sign into law a repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy on Wednesday. The Senate voted to repeal the law on Saturday, following an earlier House vote to repeal the ban on openly gay military service.
Military leaders and the Pentagon say that DADT will remain in place while it decides how to fully implement the new policy into military regulations and end sexual orientation discrimination while also keeping the troops combat ready. According to the Los Angeles Times, a 67-page report was prepared last month with recommendations on how best to repeal the old policy and incorporate the new policy. Now the Pentagon has to use the recommendations to put together concrete rules.
According to the Los Angeles Times, commanders will have the trickiest job while the military transitions to the new policy. The military has already begun adopting the new law to prohibit sexual orientation discrimination, but military commanders will be able to use their discretion to help and educate service members who are having difficulty with the new rule while the law is still in the transition stage.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said that service members should still follow the old law for now. According to the Los Angeles Times, Gates says that the military will not drag out the implementation process for the new law, but they will be careful and deliberate about incorporating the new policy.
Obama to sign repeal of military gay ban, but Pentagon will write the rules to carry it out (Los Angeles Times)