Friday, December 04, 2009

Democrats call for temporary 'don't ask' immunity

Frustrated by the lack of action to overturn the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Democrats in the U.S. Congress are calling for at least temporary immunity so gay service members can testify at the Capitol about their experiences.

The Washington Times reports:
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, Florida Democrat, introduced a bill this week to grant immunity to troops who otherwise would run afoul of the policy, which bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. He and other advocates see it as at least a first step to pushing the issue forward.

"You can't expect a legitimate and informed debate over repeal if you keep gay troops in the closet," said Nathaniel Frank, a senior fellow at the Palm Center, which researches sexuality and the military and supports changing the policy. READ MORE