Armed Services to Examine Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Posted July 27, 2009 at 12:09pm

The Senate Armed Services Committee will look into the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell— policy prohibiting gays from openly serving in the military at a hearing this fall, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) announced Monday.

“This policy is wrong for our national security and wrong for the moral foundation upon which our country was founded,— Gillibrand, who does not sit on the Armed Services panel, said in a release.

“By repealing this policy, we will increase America’s strength — both militarily and morally,— the freshman Senator added.

Advocates seeking to overturn the policy have dialed up their efforts in recent weeks. A host of groups reached out to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to take up the issue in a letter sent July 2, and Lt. Dan Choi, an Arabic-speaking gay soldier who has become a leading spokesman for proponents of a repeal, met with Gillibrand last month.

The Armed Services hearing has not yet been scheduled.