Congressman Jack Kingston and U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson are opposed to the imminent repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
All three Georgia Republican officials voted recently not to repeal DADT. President Barack Obama signed the repeal Wednesday morning, overturning the 17-year-old policy that bars gay men and women from serving openly in the military, though the repeal is expected to take some time to implement.
Kingston, in a telephone message to the News, said a repeal of DADT cannot be reconciled with Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA] laws on the books in most states and will present a logistical challenge for the military.
“I don’t see how you can (repeal) it without allowing same sex partnership benefits … and how you would reconcile that with states’ laws against same sex marriages,” he said. “Overturning this would affect the DOMA laws around the states.”
Kingston added that the repeal of DADT doesn’t adequately answer such questions as providing facilities for gay service members. “You have men, you have women; do you create a third set of facilities for these?” he asked.
Kingston said DADT works, saying between1994-2003 just 0.37 percent of discharges from the military were due to a service member’s admitted homosexuality. He added only 25 out of 200 countries allow gays to serve openly in the military.
For more, pick up a copy of the Dec. 25 edition of the News.