Phil Reese

#SSS: All things 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal from DADT experts

Filed By Phil Reese | November 14, 2010 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Don't Ask Don't Tell, LCR v. USA, LGBT civil rights, military, Senate, US Marine Corps

The election has left the future of many Federal LGBT equality bills up in the air, but one particular legislative goal that has a chance is the repeal of the military's discriminatory ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual troops serving openly, called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." All eyes in the LGBT community now rest on the hopes of the success this one, limited, but historic effort. With the brevity of Congress's "Lame Duck" session looming, however, advocates only have a very tiny window to secure the passage of this repeal.

Joe and I sit down with the most complete panel of DADT experts we've ever assembled, and ask those people whose jobs are to secure this victory: what is the status. Joining us are Servicemembers United's Jarrod Chlapowski, MetroWeeky's Chris Geidner, Log Cabin Republican's Casey Pick, OutServe's J.D. Smith, veteran, writer and activist, Brett Edward Stout and Human Rights Campaign's Sarah Warbelow. We discuss every aspect of the fate of this legislation--from LCR's Federal Court challenge to Marine Commandant, General James Amos' bucking the administration's line, to the chances of "Lame Duck" success. We even opine on Cindy McCain's strange flip-flopping on the DADT issue.

We also speak with Josh Friedes, Executive Director of Equal Rights Washington about messaging, and what the states can do to push equality over the next year or two years. Josh helps us get in a proactive mindset, setting our sights to 2012 now, rather than waiting for the year--and its challenges--to come to us.

Check out the show after the jump.

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Social attitudes are to our advantage. We also have allies who are speaking up. Gays should appreciate all allies who come forward.

The efforts of the Log Cabin Republicans should also be greatly appreciated. We have individuals like Cindy McCain who say that the treatment of Gays as second class citizen is wrong and should stop.