Skip to comments.Rep. Murphy attempts to repeal military ban on gays
Posted on 07/08/2009 9:59:01 AM PDT by jazusamo
Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) has taken up the mantle as the chief opponent of "Don't ask, don't tell" in Congress, and he's confident the policy banning gays from serving openly in the military will get its first full committee hearing in a decade and a half this session.
Murphy, a second-term Democrat, will be lead sponsor of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which would repeal "Don't ask, don't tell" a policy first passed by Congress and signed into law under President Bill Clinton.
"It's our job," Murphy said of a repeal. "This was an act of Congress in 1993 and it will take an act of Congress" to reverse it.
The measure got a subcommittee hearing last year, but Murphy says Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has promised him a full committee hearing on the bill this session.
And though gay-rights groups have been critical of the Obama White House for what they see as a lack of attention, advocates of repealing the 16-year-old policy see new evidence that the administration is willing to move on reversing "Don't ask, don't tell."
President Obama has said he would sign a repeal, and the Pentagon has begun studying ways to only selectively enforce the policy until a repeal happens. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said last week that lawyers would find new ways to reduce application of the law.
Murphy also pointed to Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.), Obama's nominee to become secretary of the Army. McHugh participated in the hearing on repeal last year, and Murphy said he trusts the New York Republican to follow the president's lead.
Murphy's bill had been championed by ex-Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.), who was confirmed last month as undersecretary of State for Arms Control.
But with Murphy taking over, the bill is getting new momentum. In the week he's been lead sponsor, Murphy, an Iraq war veteran himself, has attracted six additional co-sponsors; Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) was the latest to sign on when he joined the bill Tuesday. Murphy said he is targeting fellow Blue Dog Democrats and members of the House Armed Services Committee as potential backers.
Murphy called Levin's support important. Levin's brother, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
On Wednesday, Murphy joined the Human Rights Campaign, Servicemembers United and other gay-rights organizations in launching a new national push to reverse the policy.
No Senate equivalent has been introduced, though Murphy says he has been encouraged by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), either of whom may introduce the measure.
"We will have the votes in the House. I can't speak for the Senate," Murphy said. But, he cautioned, "It's going to take a few months."
Just what you want when you are in combat.....you have to keep one eye on your enemy, and one eye on the rump ranger sleeping right next to you.
Telephone lines into Congress are busy, busy, busy. The treasonous morons in DC have lost their minds and have no intention of listening to the American people.
Is there a way to impeach them before 2010? and 2012???
Murphy’s a Democrat from Cornhole, PA, right?
The future of the US military:
“I can’t shoot that thing I justh painted my nailths!”
I may be wrong here but isn’t it the job of Congress to do the peoples will? If 90% of the people want the “Don’t ask, don’t tell”, Congress should enforce it, not over ride the will of the people.
Vote Sarah Palin in and people like her.
Not sure about Murphy’s district but there’s a lot of conservative Dems in PA, and veterans. He might find himself out come 2010.
Next we’ll have MOSs for interior design, gourmet cooking and fashion.
That’s the way I see it but it looks like some of our Reps want to listen to the 3% minority.
Now just exactly how is this Murphy character going to keep the sexual perverts out of the military so we don’t have any repeats of Abu Ghraib?
WHY are gay Catholic priests killed in the media, but gays anywhere else are given a blank check for anything including CHILD ABUSE and MURDER?
Why as why... as they say.
“Is there a way to impeach them before 2010? and 2012???”
Yes. We have to document the abuses, such as Obama backing a Marxist, drug dealing thug in Honduras, and his attempt to bankrupt the US treasury. Then we have to march on D.C.
Yeah, but the sexual perverts don’t have a lobby like the radical in-your-face gays, looks like Murphy is doing it for the “humanity.”
I’ll go ya one better than that,
hold a plebiscite among the serving millitary and let them decide.
I just called my three so-called representatives that “do not represent us” and told them that they’re toast.
Just make it a requirement that all military personnel be Gay.
And I am ashamed and outraged to say that with a name like Murphy, this lollipop Congresscritter probably had actually Catholic ancestors.
Form a combat regiment that is all gay. Send them in first and take them out last.
Murphy is from my district(PA 8). He is an abomination. His claim to fame is serving in IRAQ as a lawyer. He is all about advancing his political career. He has his head so far up Murtha’s ass he can’t see anymore. Part of our district comprises a homosexual haven known as New Hope. We call it “NO” Hope. This craven opportunist voted for GWB in 2000. Supported Osbama in 2008. He would, no doubt, support Hitler if it advanced his political career. Other than that he is a great guy.
I know he’s used Fat Jack Murtha as his role model and follows him in Congress like a puppy dog.
Do you think there’s enough people in the district against doing away with don’t ask that this might be a problem for him in 2010? I know the district is in the Eastern part of the state, if it was Murtha’s district it would be a problem for him.
Unfortunately, our district has been invaded by folks fleeing Philthadelphia. These folks, driven by the deteriorating conditions in Philly for some reason vote Democrat. There is some kind of disconnect in their thinking.
Murphy’s district is Bucks County with a bit of Montgomery County, PA .... suburbs of Philadelphia. He’s probably Congressman-for-Life unless and until he seeks higher office.
It’s not as if our elected leaders are pillars of honor and integrity. They don’t take stands on anything controversial like this without checking/polling the district for how it will stand. Murphy figured it would not affect his reelection.
Thanks to you both. I figured he wouldn’t be dumb enough to try something like this if it might cost him and it looks like he isn’t.
Same thing here in No VA, and probably throughout the US ... folks move to a conservative area to avoid the horrendous conditions created in their home towns thanks to lib policies, then continue to vote lib.
Hey Red, IMO, I think they are going to have to be removed, don’t know how that’ll be done but they are not listening nor does it bother them.
Ideally I’d say you’re right and it would work in a perfect world but we know it’s not.
In actuality in the military if a guy makes a pass at the opposite sex, depending on the circumstances he can get told to bug off up to and including disciplinary action. If a guy makes a pass at the wrong guy he may wind up dead, and it’s happened.
I believe the biggest obstacle would be changing the policy for ground fighting units, Army and Marines. Not saying there are those who couldn’t fit in but there are large numbers who are not going to accept them.