‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ Repeal moves forward

July 22nd, 2011 - 11:03 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, July 22 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy of the US military will move to the next stage with Pentagon expected to give the green light for the repeal of the law. The law which was introduced by the Bill Clinton administration prevented gay soldiers in the US army from talking about their sexual orientation.

The US Congress last December took the most critical step in having the law repealed when they voted to lift the 1993 law. The move which had the backing of President Barack Obama paved the way for gay military men to express themselves freely in the US army.

Any hope that total repeal will take place anytime soon has been cast in doubt because of legal battle against the law. A legal advocacy group in 2004 petitioned the US legal system regarding the constitutionality of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.

The government was ordered by Ninth Circuit Judge Virginia Phillips to “immediately suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding” under the law in October. Phillips declared the law unconstitutional and the decision was appealed by the US Justice Department. The appeal court granted stay of execution on the ruling of the circuit court.

Several military personnel have been dismissed from the US army because of the law.

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