Wednesday, May 26, 2010
The future of DADT
Most LGBT groups are praising the compromise as a major step forward in civil rights for LGBT people. Some don't like the compromise; they are urging an end to all these studies and an immediate repeal. They don't like the idea of a promise of repeal contingent upon some future agreement.
The compromise comes at the same time a CNN poll found that 78% of the public believes that LGBT people should serve openly. 78%!! Is there any other issue that has such solid agreement?
Still, there's optimism about repeal. "It's tight, but I believe we'll get there," says Aubrey Sarvis, according to NPR. Sarvis is an Army veteran who heads the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which represents military members affected by the controversial "don''t ask, don't tell" policy.
Some Democrats, such as Ben Nelson and Jim Webb, are against repeal, while Senators Bayh and Byrd have yet to announce their intentions. Bayh has received criticism recently for an ill-conceived joke about AIDS in a speech. Susan Collins (left), Republican from Maine, has indicated that she will vote to repeal DADT now. She probably would have voted with us without the compromise. The two senators from Maine have shown more independence from the Republican Party than any other legislators.
It could go either way. In the meantime, it sure would be nice to see President Obama use his bully pulpit to gather support for change.