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Log Cabin Files Demand To Lift DADT

Yesterday the Log Cabin Republicans filed a brief with the Ninth Circuit Court demanding the immediate end of DADT. The ban on openly gay soldiers remains in place while the Pentagon "certifies" that its repeal won't harm military effectiveness.
[Log Cabin] said that keeping the ban in place after President Barack Obama signed an order to repeal it is “absurd”. The group argues that it is unconstitutional for Congress to allow the military to keep the ban while it trains troops to deal with the change after lawmakers have repealed the policy. President Obama pledged to repeal the 1993 law in his 2008 election campaign but was criticised by gay groups for being slow to act. In December, the US Senate finally voted to repeal the 17-year ban, which is known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ because it requires gay and lesbian troops to keep their sexuality secret.
Last year 261 soldiers were discharged under DADT.

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