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Sep 25, 2010 thezorg commented on O'Reilly to Obama: Stop Enforcing DADT.
Hmmm ... don't know why that posted twice. It was a good post, but not THAT good!
Sep 25, 2010 thezorg commented on O'Reilly to Obama: Stop Enforcing DADT.
O'Reilly is playing a trick, relying on the fact that most people thing that DADT refers to the entire ban on gays in the military. It doesn't. Repealing DADT without repealing or amending 10 USC 604(b) will result in immediate discharge of all gays in the military.

That's what he's after. He's not left of anyone, he's as far right and as dishonest as ever.

10 USC 604(b) is a federal statute that bans gays in the military. DADT is, strictly speaking, an executive statement of policy directing the military on the application of that statute. If the executive policy is ended, then nothing stands between the statutory ban on gays in the military, and immediate expulsion of all gays. Nothing would prevent the military from investigating and outing gays, either.

It's a trick. Don't fall for it. The statute needs to be amended or repealed before the executive policy can be lifted.
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Sep 25, 2010 thezorg commented on O'Reilly to Obama: Stop Enforcing DADT.
O'Reilly is trying to play a trick. DADT is an executive policy regarding implementation of 10 USC 604(b), which bans gays in the military. If Obama reverses DADT without a repeal of the statute, gays can and will be immediately outed and discharged pursuant to federal law.

O'Reilly isn't "left" of anyone. He is playing on the fact that to the popular mind, "DADT" refers to the entire ban on gays. Most people don't make the technical distinction between the statute and the policy.

It's a trick. Don't fall for it. DADT should remain in place until the statute is amended.
 
 

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