“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Bill Refiled by Rep. Tauscher
March 2, 2009 by Bryan
Legislation to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the ban on gays serving openly in the military was filed Monday in the House of Representatives.
The last attempt to void the Clinton-era law died at the end of the last Congress. The new attempt was filed by Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher, a California Democrat.
The Military Enhancement Readiness Act (MREA) repeals the ban, replacing it with new provisions prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in the Armed Forces. Last year, the MREA had 149 bipartisan cosponsors.
“This law has failed our country and our military for 15 years,” Tauscher told an afternoon news conference. “It harms military readiness and discriminates against patriotic young men and women who want to serve their country. It’s time for Congress to right this wrong.”
Sen. Ted Kennedy (D) has reportedly been working on a Senate version of the bill to be filed this year, but wants a Republican to cosponsor it.
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