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Will Senate Hearings on DADT Do More Than a Finger-Pointing Report Aimed at Gay Inc.?


So New York’s Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell moratorium push isn’t going to work out. But are her efforts all for naught? Nah, not if you can wait till autumn for some movement.

Gillibrand, who’s facing an uphill battle to keep her U.S. Senate seat next year, has come out swinging for the gays. You could argue she’s joined the fray to sweep up votes. Or maybe because she recognizes it’s the right thing to do. Let us know if you care either way. But she’s raging on, convincing the Senate Armed Services Committee (read: an exclusive group of power-hungry legislators) to hold hearings on DADT this fall, which would be “the first formal re-assessment of the policy since Congress passed it into law in 1993,” reports Jason Bellini. The hearings would not serve the purpose of passing legislation, but rather inviting testimony from experts on the impact of DADT.

Meanwhile, the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Palm Center — which previously outlined in a stinging, sensible report how to do away with DADT — is planning to unveil a new paper called ” Self-Inflicted Wounds on “Don’t ask, Don’t Tell.” We like its subtitle better: “How and Why the Gay Community Took the Pressure off the White House.”

Even though “the summary doesn’t name the individuals,” it’s clear: They’re coming for you, Joe Solmonese. (And since the report hasn’t yet been published, might we suggest actually naming names? ‘Cause really, when is it time to take off the kid gloves?)