Wheels In Motion To End Don't Ask, Don't Tell
By Marcus Gilmer in News on Feb 2, 2010 7:20PM
As the hearing opened, the committee’s chairman, Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, welcomed the abolition of the policy, saying it had never made sense to him. Its ranking Republican, Senator John McCain of Arizona, said that he was “deeply disappointed” and that the original rationale, endorsed by Congress in 1993, was as sound as ever.
On one thing, they agreed: many gay men and lesbians are serving honorably and effectively in the military today, despite a policy that has driven thousands of others out of the services. But Mr. Levin said the military should act in this matter as it has in others, as a force against discrimination. And Mr. McCain said the military culture was so different from civilian life that the rules for its members, too, must differ.
Republicans have also questioned the timing of the issue, suggesting it would be a distraction to undertake the matter while the military is involved in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.