Is Military Gay and Lesbian Segregation Becoming Part of the DADT Repeal? Is That Why It’s Taking So Long?

Back in  July I wrote a post that The Obama Administration and the Pentagon might  be considering segregating Gay and Lesbians solders if DADT is repealed. (Which they denied.)   A this week with the “leaking” of the first results from the DADT Survey sent to military members I said that it sure sounded like that they might be setting Gay and Lesbian soldiers up limited duties if DADT is passed.

Well it seems I am not the only one who thinks this might happens,  In an editorial from today’s New York Times points out that in the stay appeal the DOJ points to Clifford Stanley, the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness stating that “things” have to be taken into consideration.  And these “things” sure sound like the possibility of Lesbian and Gay soldiers being “separate but equal”/

Clifford Stanley, the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said in a court filing that ending the antigay policy would require training, and reworking regulations on issues like housing, benefits and standards of conduct. He said the Army had to consider the “rights and obligations of the chaplain corps.” Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said the military had to consider whether barracks should be segregated and whether partners of gay soldiers should have benefits.

Enough is enough.  Israel, Britain, The Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and other nations have managed this without all of the drama.  No judge should grant them a stay especially if they are working on a “separate but equal” discrimination policy since DADT was found unconstitutional on the grounds of discrimination.

Is this the REAL reason why this is taking so long.  They need to set up “separate but equal” policies for Lesbian and Gay soldiers before they repeal?

It’s sure beginning to look that way.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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