Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Barney Frank vows An End To DADT In 2010
Openly gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) announced on Wednesday that repealing 'don't ask, don't tell' will be included as an amendment to the fiscal year 2011 Defense Appropriations bill. Rep. Frank told the Washington Blade that once the bill passes in 2010, that President Obama could begin issuing stop/loss orders, preventing further discharges, as of October 1.
I am one of those who believe that President Obama could issue those orders now, while the flawed policy is under review.
I've never been a big fan of Barney Frank. I think he messed with the glbt community on ENDA. And his comments undercutting the recent march on Washington were self-serving and infuriating.
Color me cynical, but the timing on this to me has everything to do with the recently announced boycott of the DNC.
This probably explained why Frank took great pains to mention that Rahm Emanuel is somehow behind this policy decision.
Whatever you say, Barney.
For the full Blade article, click here.
Kerry Eleveld also has a report on this at The Advocate.