Wednesday, December 22, 2010

President Obama Signs Repeal of DADT

President Barack Obama put his pen to a landmark piece of legislation today when he signed a repeal of the seventeen-year-old Don't Ask, Don't Tell legislation. As he declared during the signing ceremony, gays and lesbians who wish to serve in the United States military will no longer have to hide or lie about their sexual orientation in order to keep their jobs. Officials with the Pentagon now must develop an implementation plan for this change in policy and the chairman of the joint chiefs must testify that the repeal will not damage combat readiness. Once these pieces are in place, the military will be changed in a way that has not been seen in decades.

Critics of the repeal are concerned that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly will hurt the morale of other service members and weaken overall cohesion in units. They point to surveys that show there is not strong support for repeal within some areas of the military. Supporters of the repeal say that they are fighting discrimination and believe that we need to encourage any man or woman who wants to join the military and serve our country.

There are men and women in every profession who face discrimination based on sexual orientation and, in many instances, there is legal recourse available if you have lost a job, been passed over for a promotion, or faced harassment in the office. If you believe that you have faced unfair treatment based on your sexual orientation, one of our employment law attorneys at Bertolino LLP can help. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today to discuss your case.

What do you think about the recent repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell?

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