President Obama famously put an end to “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT), but can we be sure that it will remain a thing of the past if Mitt Romney becomes president?
This is at the Daily Beast:
Aubrey Sarvis, an Army veteran and executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a national nonprofit legal services and policy organization that helped to end DADT, says Romney’s position on open service for gays and lesbians has been “contradictory since he entered the race. He initially said he would not change the current policy, then he said he would look to his commanders for recommendations. The party platform suggests that all military policies by Obama will be revisited by Romney. This could mean an all-new set of regulations in a Romney Administration.”
Sarvis says some people mistakenly think that gays and lesbians in the military are serving under a new federal statute, but that is not what Congress did. “Congress repealed the old statute and left it up to Department of Defense to write a new set of regulations,” he says. “The reality is that a new Secretary of Defense appointed by a President Romney could issue a new set of regulations that might be discriminatory against gays and lesbians, and Romney wouldn’t even have to have his fingerprints on this change.”
The pressure from Romney’s bigot base to reverse President Obama’s policy and force gay service members to conceal their sexual identity will be immense. The coat hanger and the closet. On a Romney victory, expect them to loom again.