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.

Related Reading:

Gay Soldier Comes Out to Dad to Mark DADT’s End (VIDEO)

Celebrate the Repeal of DADT Today (VIDEO)

Groups Advise Trans Servicemembers Ahead of DADT Repeal

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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

A zombie?

Mary G.
Mary G.3 years ago

This man is a perfect example of another knuckle-dragging tea bagger with a hate-filled agenda. Don't they have serious problems in OK that need addressing? How do people continue to want to live in some of these states where they are represented by these horrific people? Why do they vote for them?

This guy should be recalled, and if that is not an option, then he should be shamed and ignored. Please keep your religious bile to yourself.

The federal government will have to withold all funds from OK if this effort succeeds.
This is reprehensible.

John S.
John S.3 years ago

Yet another reason, among so very many, to despise Conservatives.

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S.3 years ago

Anytime I heard something is happening in Kansas or Oklahoma, I know it can't be good. Oklahoma was the only state in the entire country to actually go MORE red in the 2008 election. Makes you wonder what's in the water there.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin3 years ago

If this proposal of his passes into law, remove the Federal funding until they comply with Federal law!

Sherrie B.
Sherrie Brunell3 years ago

I can't send stars yet, but if I could I would send them to Cathryn C, Wayne M, and Darl S!

I particularly agree with Darl S. If OK wants to disregard national policy, then the Federal government should NOT give them any funding for their National Guard. Didn't we fight a war about 150 years ago that determined that the Federal government has the right to trump certain state laws? If this is the National Guard, and each state receives funding from the Federal government, then they need to follow all Federal policies and rules, or lose their Federal funding.

Besides it is a horrible thing to expect people to hide who they are while they are fighting for our country, which is supposed to be the land of the free. Apparently, the Teapublicans only believe you should be free if you agree with them and fall under their idea of who should be "free".

William Y.
William Y.3 years ago

@ Ken B. You got that right Green *

Ken B.
Ken B.3 years ago

Just another bigot with unresolved latent gay issues! Real straight men really don't give a dam whether someone is gay or not. They're so secure in their own skins that it simply doesn't matter. On the other hand these screamers are so obvious in revealing their own insecurities. This has bene proven in the scientific community. You'd think they'd keep a low profile when all this constant diatribe reveals what you'd think they'd want to keep secret! Proof? Just look at Rick Santorum!!!!!

Debbie Brady
Debbie Brady3 years ago

Just another knuckle dragging Neanderthal trying to impose his worn out religious superstitions on society.

Bigots like him cannot become extent too soon to suite me.

William Y.
William Y.3 years ago

More right-ring-Pseudo-Christian BS.