Do Ask, Do Tell?

The The only legitimate DADT survey is... "A good moral character is the first essential in a man..." --George Washington Now that Republicans have temporarily halted Barack Hussein Obama's effort to increase income taxes, let's see what they can do to stop his effort to undermine the moral character of military combat units.

By way of defining the so-called "don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) debate, let me say that it is not about the sexual habits of consenting adults. This debate is about making the normalization of homosexuality1 a matter of law in regard to Defense Department personnel, practices and policy.

In order to provide context for this debacle, here is a brief background.

One of Obama's earliest campaign coming-out pledges was his promise to "end discrimination against gays and lesbians" who want military jobs. That "discrimination" was enacted by the Clinton administration and codified as law in Section 654 U.S. Code Title 10, which states, "The presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability."

On 12 October this year, DADT policy was subject to an injunction by U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips in California. Phillips, a Clinton appointee, ordered the Department of Defense "immediately to suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding, that may have been commenced" under Section 654.

However, because the Obama administration wants full faith and credit for ending the policy, they actually asked Phillips for a stay of her injunction, which she denied. Obama then appealed to the San Francisco-based Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which agreed to enter a stay so Obama could reclaim his political turf. U.S. appellate courts have consistently upheld this law.

In response, a homosexual advocacy group, Log Cabin Republicans, appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate (overrule) the stay. In mid-November, SCotUS refused to lift the Ninth Circuit's stay.

In the meantime, trying to beat the courts to the punch so Obama could curry favor with one of his most fervent constituencies, his DoD appointees released a "survey" which they claim justifies lame-duck Senate action to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" before the 112th Congress (with a strong House Republican majority and six more Senate Republicans) is seated. (Soon-to-be-Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi's House had already voted to repeal on 27 May of this year.)

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