Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Senate panel passes DADT amendment

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 16-12 Thursday afternoon to approve an amendment to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

A minimum of 15 votes was needed. The full House is expected to vote on the same amendment later this evening.

The amendment lays out a path to repeal DADT, but actual repeal would not come until after a Defense Department report is completed, which is expected December 1.

“The Senate Armed Services Committee passed a historic roadmap to allowing open military service, but it doesn’t end te discharges,” said Aubrey Sarvis, an Army veteran and executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. “Congress and the Pentagon need to stay on track to get repeal finalized, hopefully no later than first quarter 2011.”

Sarvis cautioned that gays and lesbians serving in the military remain at risk for discharges and cannot serve openly now.

— Cynthia Laird, May 27, 2010 @ 4:35 pm PST
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