Adam Polaski

Certification for Repeal of DADT Expected Friday

Filed By Adam Polaski | July 21, 2011 10:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, Defense Secretary, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Mullen, Panetta

Presidential signing ceremony for the repeal of DADTCertification for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," or the go-ahead from top Pentagon leaders that the U.S. military is prepared to implement repeal of the longstanding ban on openly gay service members, is expected to come on Friday, July 22, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal and NBC News. Although the DADT policy was repealed in December 2010, certification from military leaders and the president is necessary to implement repeal.

Earlier today, The Wall Street Journal reported:

Top Pentagon leaders will notify Congress as early as Friday that the Defense Department is ready to end the ban on gays serving openly in the military, officials said, a landmark moment after almost two decades of controversy.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen are expected to certify tomorrow. President Obama will still need to certify that the proper preparations for repeal have been taken.

A 60-day waiting period will follow official certification of DADT repeal. If Panetta, Mullen, and Obama certify tomorrow, the policy will be officially dead on September 20.

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network's executive director, Aubrey Sarvis, responded in a statement to news of the imminent certification:

This Pentagon certification received by the White House this afternoon is welcomed by gay and lesbian service members who have had to serve their country in silence for far too long. The troops and their commanders are ready. Our nation's top military leaders have testified that commanders see no significant challenges ahead.

The SLDN did, however, warn active duty members to understand that they must wait 60 days after certification by the three government officials before coming out. Transgender solders, even after those 60 days, will remain at risk of being discharged.

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Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | July 22, 2011 10:25 AM

How nice.

When will they do something, anything, to ease the iron grip of the christian military officer caste who promote and organized discrimination, harassment and violence?

When will they begin saving civilian and GI lives by withdrawing all the troops, 'security' services and mercenaries to continental US homes bases and demobilizing them?