President Obama announced a plan at his State of the Union address with the stated goal of ending the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on homosexuals in military service. The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the two most preeminent veterans groups consisting of more than four million members, oppose this plan.
The White House is pushing their plan through Congress to ensure the ban is repealed this year. The veterans groups argue the timing of the repeal is ill-conceived. They argue repealing the ban will disrupt military readiness while armed forces are still fully engaged in two wars.
Both veterans groups state not only that they support the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law as it is currently enforced, but repealing the ban is akin to social engineering. Social engineering, according to the groups, will strike at the heart of the military’s required high state of military readiness. The American Legion also believes repealing the ban will have an unwarranted grim impact on the troops currently engaged in conduct.
The two highest ranking military officials however, lent momentous support to those groups supporting the repeal of the ban. On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen both came out in support of ending the current “don’t ask, don’t tell” law to the Senate Armed Forces Committee.
Learn more about the veterans groups’ resistance to the proposed repeal of the military’s ban on homosexuals.