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The White House has responded to an amendment introduced last week by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) (pictured) intended to delay repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy by interfering with the certification requirements already set forth in the bill Obama signed in December. Those requirements state that after 60 days pass from certification by the president, the defense secretary, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, open service can begin.
White House spokesman Shin Inouye, responding to a request from Metro Weekly about President Barack Obama's position on Hunter's amendment, wrote, ''The President is working with the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to certify, pursuant to the repeal bill, that implementation of the new policies and regulations written by the Department is consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces.''
He added, ''We have serious objections to any amendment that would unnecessarily delay this process.''
Hunter's office released a statement to Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade suggesting the White House is "uncertain" about repeal:
Joe Kasper, a Hunter spokesperson, said the White House statement is “not much of a surprise” and called on the Obama administration to drop its objection to expanding the certification requirement for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal.
“If the White House is so sure that the military leadership is behind the repeal, then there’s nothing to worry about,” Kasper said. “The White House’s statement just shows how unsure the administration really is with all this. And there’s always lots of talk about transparency and efficiency. So perhaps the administration will rethink it’s position and support the Hunter amendment.”
Hunter's amendment was adopted by the House Armed Services Committee but is unlikely to be made law before certification takes effect.
As part of a $553 billion defense bill, the House Armed Services Committee last night adopted several amendments intended to affect implementation of repeal of the military's gay ban, including one from Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA, pictured) that would "require that all four military service chiefs certify that implementation of the 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT)' repeal won’t impact combat readiness and effectiveness." It was adopted 33-27.
Chris Johnson at the Blade reports: "The vote in favor of the Hunter amendment was mostly along party lines, although Reps. Todd Platts (R-Pa.) and Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) voted against the measure. Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) was the sole Democrat to vote in favor of the measure."
Several other measures were adopted as well, Johnson notes in his lengthy report:
Rep. W. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) introduced an amendment mandating that marriage ceremonies on military installations must comply with DOMA and that chaplains can only officiate in their official capacity over such ceremonies if they comply with the anti-gay law…
Another amendment came from Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), whose measure restated that the definition of marriage under DOMA as a union between one man and one woman applies to Defense Department regulations and policies…
Another anticipated anti-gay amendment didn’t see introduction before the committee on Wednesday. Palazzo was expected to introduce an amendment that would require conscience regulations for service members who have religious or moral objections to open service. His office didn’t immediately respond to the Washington Blade’s request for comment on why the measure wasn’t introduced…
The vote on Akin's amendment was 38-23, Hartzler's was 39-22.
Said Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United and a former Army Interrogator who was discharged under DADT:
“Despite the passage of [Hunter's] amendment within the ever-hostile House Armed Services Committee, it is highly unlikely that such an amendment would ever pass the Senate and be signed by the President. The offering of this amendment was a shameful and embarrassing waste of time. The service chiefs have unequivocally said that they do not want this extra burden forced upon them, so if Congress really values their advice on this issue they should take it and forget this unnecessary and unwanted amendment.”
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Jonathan Hopkins of Outserve faces off against hate group leader Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council on the topic of same-sex unions on military bases.
As I mentioned this morning, Chief of Navy Chaplains Rear Admiral Mark Tidd has (likely temporarily) revoked guidance issued allowing use of base facilities for same-sex marriages in states where it is legal, and allowing Navy chaplains to perform such services following pressure from conservatives and GOP lawmakers.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP…
As Republicans prepare to offer a series of amendments on Wednesday intended to impede repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, the Log Cabin Republicans, the gay group which successfully fought to have the ban overturned, have asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to immediately vacate a stay imposed on an injunction barring enforcement of the gay military ban ordered last year.
Lawyers for Log Cabin Republicans told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in legal papers filed Tuesday that Congress still could derail the ongoing effort to rescind the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
A 9th Circuit panel is already considering the government's appeal of an order by a California trial judge barring enforcement of the ban. Log Cabin wants the panel to remove its hold on the order or put the case on a fast track.
"We are asking the Court of Appeals to vacate its November 2010 stay of Judge Phillips's injunction because the US government is no longer arguing in its appellate briefs that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is constitutional, and that was the key reason for the government seeking a stay in the first place. Now that the government has abandoned that claim and no longer argues that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is constitutional, the Court of Appeals should vacate the stay and reinstate the district court's injunction precluding the government from enforcing or applying "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". This is especially important because "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is still the law of our country and the government is still applying it to violate the constitutional rights of current and prospective members of our country's armed forces."
And Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper has condemned an amendment being proposed by Rep. Duncan Hunter that would delay repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy by interfering with the certification requirements already set forth in the bill Obama signed in December, which would, after 60 days pass from certification by the president, the defense secretary, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, allow for implementation of open service..
"There is no appetite for the Hunter amendment, which would only distract from the comprehensive and on-going repeal implementation process. The Joint Chiefs of Staff were asked directly during the debate on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal if they wanted a more hands on role in the certification process. They each stated that such a change was unnecessary and that they were confident that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs would not certify until all services were prepared to move forward. This isn't about what the joint chiefs want – it's about pandering to special interest groups and a stubborn refusal to recognize America is ready to grant all of our men and women in uniform the respect and freedom they deserve. This question has been asked and answered. It's time to move on.
"That political posturing continues to plague implementing repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' demonstrates the ongoing importance of the Log Cabin Republicans lawsuit which unequivocally proved that this failed policy was and is an affront to our constitution. With the implementation process proceeding smoothly and the military successfully preparing for open service, there is no reason for the threat of discharge to continue to hang over gay servicemembers. Therefore, Log Cabin Republicans are calling for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to lift the stay on the permanent injunction against enforcing DADT."
Log Cabin Republicans have maintained a three-front strategy against 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' lobbying for repeal in Congress, successfully filing suit in federal court, and consulting with the Department of Defense on the ongoing repeal implementation process.
Following outrage from social conservatives like hate group leader Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and anti-gay military crusader Elaine Donnelly, the Chief of Navy Chaplains Rear Admiral Mark Tidd has (likely temporarily) revoked guidance it issued allowing ue of base facilities for same-sex marriages in states where it is legal, and allowing Navy chaplains to perform such services.
Despite the decision, military officials said Tuesday night that the Defense Department may still eventually permit gay troops to use military chapels in states that recognize homosexual marriages for same-sex weddings after President Obama lifts the ban on openly gay service members known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
Tidd said he issued the revised guidance after chaplains asked about same-sex marriage ceremonies during mandatory training sessions about the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
But he reversed course late Tuesday, saying he was suspending his guidance “pending additional legal and policy review” and closer coordination with the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard.
Expect this to be addressed at today's meeting of the House Armed Services Committee, along with the amendments from the GOP which hope to derail repeal efforts.
More on that to come but you can get caught up below.
Seven years after being suspended under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, Air Force Major Margaret Witt has settled her case with the Pentagon, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reports:
Per the agreement, Witt will retire with full benefits and her discharge will be removed from her record. The settlement ends a legal fight that began Witt’s suspension in 2004 and continued after her discharge in 2006.
During a tearful announcement at the Seattle office of the American Civil Liberties Union, Witt thanked her family, parents and fellow service members who stood by her during a trial last year that ended with a federal judge ruling that Witt’s dismissal served no military benefit.
Last November, the Department of Justice appealed a September ruling ordering the Air Force to reinstate Witt, a decorated flight.
At the press conference today, Witt said she would be retiring to focus on her family and other things.
This is in addition to the disruptive amendments I posted about earliery.
Even though respect for religious beliefs is already protected in current "DADT" repeal language, Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) is proposing an amendment that would protect service members who view gay people as immoral, The Wonk Room's Igor Volsky reports.
The sincerely held religious or moral beliefs of a member of the Armed Forces that homosexual or bisexual conduct is immoral and/or an inappropriate expression of human sexuality according to the tenets of the member’s faith community shall be accommodated….
The Secretary of Defense shall issue regulations setting forth guidance to insure that the sincerely held religious or moral beliefs of members of the Armed Forces regarding homosexual or bisexual conduct are protected, accommodated…
The House Armed Services Committee is set to meet tomorrow.
GOP Serves Anti-Gay 'DADT' Amendments to House Defense Panel [tr]
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA, pictured) released a statement yesterday saying he intends to introduce legislation that would delay repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy by interfering with the certification requirements already set forth in the bill Obama signed in December, which would, after 60 days pass from certification by the president, the defense secretary, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, allow for implementation of open service.
News of Hunter's plans arrive with the possibility of several other troubling amendments.
Hunter's press release:
During consideration of the national defense authorization act this week by the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Duncan Hunter will offer an amendment to require that all four military service chiefs certify that implementation of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT)” repeal won’t impact combat readiness and effectiveness. The amendment mirrors legislation previously introduced by Hunter—H.R. 337, the Restore Military Readiness Act.
“The four military service chiefs are far more closely connected to the day-to-day realities facing each respective service branch than those who are currently required to sign off on the repeal—including the President,” said Hunter, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The President, the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs should all take part in the certification process, but excluding the service chiefs is a mistake. They may agree to move forward with the repeal or they may have other recommendations for implementation and timing. Either way, their unvarnished perspective is critical to this process—especially as it relates to preserving the military’s high rate of effectiveness.
“I’ve said before that our priority should be winning in Afghanistan and focusing on the roadside bomb threat, the primary source of U.S. casualties. The repeal of DADT won’t make our troops any safer or help achieve victory any faster. Even so, any movement toward implementation must be efficient and show respect for the culture and tradition unique to each service branch and the military as a whole.”
The amendment will be introduced on Wednesday during a meeting of the House Armed Services Committee. HRC's Fred Sainz spoke with MetroWeekly:
"This is the school yard equivalent of a 'do-over.' It's just plain wrong. Republicans didn't get their way when the issue was heard last year so now their trying to remake history. It won't work."
Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade notes that other amendments could be offered as well:
Informed sources said other measures could be an outright abrogation of the repeal measure that Congress passed and Obama signed last year as opposed to merely implementing a certification expansion.
Despite efforts from advocates, if the Hunter amendment is supported in committee along party lines, the measure would likely pass because Republicans enjoy a majority on the panel by a margin of 35-27. After the defense authorization bill is reported to the House floor, a similar vote of approval could be expected on the House floor because Republican have control of the chamber. The bill could see a House floor vote as early as the week of May 23.
Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said he fears the committee has sufficient votes to pass Hunter’s amendment.
“Make no mistake. The expected Duncan Hunter amendment is designed to slow down repeal. It serves no constructive purpose, as the service chiefs themselves recently testified they are already very much a part of the certification process with Chairman Mullen and Secretary Gates and see no need for the amendment Mr. Hunter is offering.
“Put quite simply, it’s time for these opponents of repeal to move on. The Congress, the President, our nation’s senior military leaders, and the American people have spoken on this issue.”
And Johnson notes another possible amendment in the wake of the news I posted yesterday that the Navy has offered guidance allowing same-sex marriages to be performed on base facilities and allowing military chaplains to perform those services if they so wish. He writes:
Steve Taylor, a spokesperson for Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), said his boss intends to introduce a measure that would rollback the new guidance issued by the Navy.
“He intends to offer an amendment Wednesday,” Taylor said. “It would say that marriages [are] allowed to be performed on bases when they comply with DOMA.”
In any case, there will likely be some news following the meeting of the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, and we'll bring it to you.
Lez Get Real makes note of an April 13 memo issued to Navy chaplains which says that in states where it is legal, Navy chapels can be used for same-sex marriages, and Navy chaplains are allowed, though not required, to perform those ceremonies.
Citing “additional legal review” by Navy attorneys, the Chief of Navy Chaplains, Admiral Michael Tidd said the Navy “has concluded that, generally speaking, base facility use is sexual orientation neutral.”
“If the base is located in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, then the base facilities may be used to celebrate the marriage,” added Tidd.
The admiral’s memo also gives Navy chaplains permission to marry same-sex couples – but would not force them to perform ceremonies if those ceremonies are not within the chaplains religious beliefs.