DADT Repeal Certification Imminent? All Services Have ‘Provided Their Input’

“All of the services and combatant commands have provided their input to the Defense Department in advance of the repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’” a Pentagon spokesman said today. The Defense Department has stopped discharging openly gay servicemembers in compliance with a recent Ninth Circuit injunction, but has also moved forward with the repeal certification process that Congress approved last year. Under that law, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell cannot be lifted until 60 days after the President, Secretary of Defense, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify that it does not undermine unit readiness or cohesion. The Department of Justice has just several more days to announce if it plans to appeal the injunction.