LGBT Legislation Status Update: DADT Repeal Likely Next Year

The effort to repeal -Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will likely
come next year as an amendment to the Defense Department spending bill, rather
than through a standalone bill, according to gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). Frank
said in an interview with the Blade that repealing the 1993 law barring gays
from serving openly in the military would happen as part of the fiscal year
2011 defense authorization bill.

-The House will take up and the Senate will take up ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
repeal,” he said. -That will again, like hate crimes, even more so, will have
to be done, I believe, in the context of the defense authorization. You can’t
do the standalone bill. It belongs in the defense authorization.”

Frank said lawmakers would seek to amend the defense measure to include a
provision repealing -Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Such a move would mimic the way
Congress recently enacted the hate crimes measure.

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