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DADT Repeal Lost Its Anti-Discrimination Clause As A ‘Practical Necessity’

So how come Rep. Patrick Murphy’s original Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal bill, which included a non-discrimination policy based on sexuality, was stripped of that little provision? Political favor trading, we knew already, wherein Democratic support was promised in exchange for letting the Pentagon continue to be able to discriminate against gays at their choosing (but not initiate a discharge proceeding under DADT). Speaking yesterday on an eQualityThinking conference call, Murphy insisted that we’re still better off: “[E]veryone played a vital role in passing this major piece of civil rights legislation all being it’s not perfect. The 1964 civil rights legislation was not perfect, but it was a huge step on the way forward. We need to make sure that we continue to keep the pressure on to make sure that they don’t try to revoke this over in the Congress.” Murphy is the same guy who previously said he believed after DADT was repealed, the Pentagon would, at President Obama’s urging, implement a non-discrimination policy on its own. Haha. Aubrey Sarvis, SLDN’s chief, agreed with Murphy’s rational, relays Wonk Room: “[A] decision was made by the leaders of the legislation on the Hill that those provisions would have to be dropped in order to insure more votes, not only in the House Armed Services Committee, but also on the House floor. So, it was a matter of practical necessity and politics.” So there you have it: Gays can still be discriminated against in the armed forces out of practical necessity and politics. Have fun with that!