Sunday, September 25, 2011
Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy Gone
Finally the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy has been repeal and gays and lesbians on the US military can finally be out and proud. But does that mean its a perfect marriage now.
Courtesy of : USA Today news.
President Barack Obama signed the law last December and in July certified that lifting the ban will not diminish the military's ability to fight. Some in Congress remain opposed to repeal, arguing that it may undermine order and discipline.
Existing standards of personal conduct, such as those pertaining to public displays of affection, will continue regardless of sexual orientation.There will be no immediate changes to eligibility for military benefits. All service members are already entitled to certain benefits, such as designating a partner as a life insurance beneficiary or as a caregiver in the Wounded Warrior program
But if their partner happens to be a civilian they won't receive military health insurance or access to a support group. The training of Chaplains on ships to conduct same-sex civil unions in states where they are legal has been shelved after more than five dozen lawmakers objected.
So not a perfect marriage yet.