Hearing on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal

April 1, 2011

WASHINGTON, April 1 (UPI) — As U.S. lawmakers hold a hearing on repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, a gay sailor facing discharge was told he could stay in the Navy.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Morado, 26, stationed at California’s Naval Air Station Lemoore, 35 miles south of Fresno, was told Thursday a panel of two naval officers and a senior petty officer voted unanimously to retain him after meeting behind closed doors for 25 minutes.

Morado, who told The Fresno Bee he was “ecstatic,” said the decision would be reviewed by the U.S. Bureau of Naval Personnel’s Navy Personnel Command to make sure all paperwork was handled correctly. He said he expected no problems would be found.

His lawyer told the panel the upcoming repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” made it unnecessary to order him to leave the Navy.

The law repealing the longtime policy, signed by President Barack Obama Dec. 22, goes into effect 60 days after Obama, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen certify that lifting the ban won’t hurt the military’s ability to fight.

Gates has said he would issue certification after the training for the open service of gay men and women has begun throughout the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

The House Armed Services personnel subcommittee’s 9:30 a.m. EDT hearing Friday is intended to check up on progress in repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell,” officials said.

Lawmakers are scheduled to hear from Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Clifford Stanley, who is charged with overseeing the Pentagon’s repeal of the ban, and Joint Staff Director Vice Adm. William Gortney, the Armed Services Committee’s Web site said.

The personnel subcommittee is chaired by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., who voted against repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

To read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/04/01/Hearing-on-dont-ask-dont-tell-repeal/UPI-79111301644800/#ixzz1IGkpXdZq


1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Verus Langham says:

    Having been a sailor in the navy of the 1960’s and 1970’s I recall the days and the years of that long gone era when there was a sense of common respect from those men who claimed a different lifestyle and served with loyalty and with pride in their uniform. They were some of the finest caliber humans with whom I served and it should be said that they did so serve without any of the fanfare we see rampantly and flagrantly encroaching in the ranks these days…. as almost an “in your face” salute to all the fanfare they can amass to bring attention to themselves and to the gay agenda (now there’s a writ everybody should familiarize themselves with)…. not for the advancement of our uniformed armed services’ prestige and honor in the geopolitical scene, but for their own self aggrandizement and self-satisfaction (“ha ha, I’m making my statement and asserting myself to be a hot item that deserves merit on whatever issues I want to generate”… so as to say to the rest)…. learn to live with it. If anybody believes that such personalities will fail to corrupt and to dissemble those uniform regulations under which they signed on to uphold, then that person is naive indeed. There was a reason, for instance, that for so many years there was never a woman said to have served on a U.S. naval vessel…. simply stated: it was for the orderly conduct of the business of the naval services – the co-mingling between sexes on the high seas would have brought ruinous calamity… imagine the disruption of military exercises due to personal intanglements (soap opera style) shipboard, especially should rivalry emerge for the favors of one of the opposite sex. Well, now we need no longer worry about that apparent misnomer, “opposite sex” attraction… it will be moot in the face of unisex uniforms and unisex relationships.

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