Lawmaker Aims to Resurrect DADT in Oklahoma
A lawmaker from Oklahoma aims to resurrect the military’s ban on openly gay service personnel known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), at least in the state of Oklahoma, by introducing legislation that would bar gay and lesbian service personnel from serving openly in the state’s National Guard.
Rep. Mike Reynolds, who is introducing House Bill 2195, says it is a response to requests from members of the Guard.
Reynolds’ bill would amend the existing state law that allows any able-bodied U.S. citizen or person who has declared intentions of becoming a citizen and who is at least 18 years old and not yet 70 to serve in the Guard.
The amendment would prohibit anyone who was ineligible to serve in the U.S. armed forces under federal regulations that were in effect on Jan. 1, 2009, from serving in the Guard.
Reynolds said the state is allowed to set its own standards for service in the National Guard and is not required to duplicate standards for the rest of the U.S. military.
A similar piece of legislation was introduced in Virginia last year but was killed in committee.
As Think Progress notes, Reynolds has a history of anti-gay rhetoric.
The repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell came into effect in September of last year. The legislative repeal, having received bipartisan support in Congress, was signed by President Obama in December of 2010 after an exhaustive military study that found retiring the DADT rule could be done without harming readiness or unit cohesion.