Hope After the Rejection of Hearings on DADT by the Court

Hope After the Rejection of Hearings on DADT by the Court

June 8, 2009 DADT LGBT News 0

DADT - We Will Not Be SilentEven Fox News is reporting the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the Clinton-era Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy [See:Don’t ask, don’t tell challenge rejected], stating:

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a challenge to the Pentagon policy forbidding gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, granting a request by the Obama administration. [Emphasis Added]

However, LGBT activists have an alternative method of overturning this biased and unconstitutional piece of tainted American history, H.R. 1283, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009 [“MREA”].  The MREA was introduced in the House and has 143 sponsors, only one of which is a Republican,  Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida. The bill has been referred to committee.  Open Congress says this, about the bill:

Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009 – Repeals current Department of Defense (DOD) policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces. Prohibits the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy, from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation against any member of the Armed Forces or any person seeking to become a member. Authorizes the re-accession into the Armed Forces of otherwise qualified individuals previously separated for homosexuality, bisexuality, or homosexual conduct. Requires such Secretaries to ensure that regulations governing the personal conduct of members of the Armed Forces are written and enforced without regard to sexual orientation.

While the legislature attempts to limit the powers of the Supreme Court with bills such as H.R.  1269, which effectively states that the Courts do not have the power to rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, hope remains that the legislature will act constitutuionally and pass the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009.

Contact your representative today and request their support of this legislation.

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