• Barack Obama Can Kill "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Faster Than You Can Read This Post

    Great news! It turns out that President Obama can end the military's ridiculous Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy — as well as the recent discharges of homosexual soldiers — effective immediately!

    [T]he president actually has legal authority to end gay discharges with a single order. "Don't ask, don't tell" is both a Pentagon policy and a federal statute, the result of a 1993 political compromise by Clinton, Congress, and military brass. To get the current ban wholly off the books, Congress will need to act. But to end the practice of discharging gays from the military, the president can exercise his constitutional and statutory authority without any blessing from Congress.

    This is because Congress has already granted the president authority to halt military discharges in the interest of national security. Under 10 U.S.C. 12305, "the President may suspend any provision of law relating to promotion, retirement, or separation applicable to any member of the armed forces who the President determines is essential to the national security of the United States."…

    What's more, while the law calls for a discharge "if" a finding of homosexuality is made, Congress nowhere requires the military to ever conduct such findings; the commander-in-chief can simply order that the military immediately cease making findings of homosexual conduct or statements.

    This is fantastic! Really, really fantastic!

    So, I guess we can expect some big, big changes in the U.S. military any minute now.

    Any minute now…

    Any minute now…

    Any minute now…

    (via Slog)


    Tags: Barack Obama, DADT, LGBT, Military

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