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This bill seeks to establish a policy of nondiscrimination regarding sexual orientation (for which it provides a definition
) in the Armed Forces, by repealing a 16 year policy held in the Department of Defense known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The bill would also authorize the reappointment of otherwise qualified individuals previously discharged on the basis of their sexual orientation.
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3/3/2009--Introduced.Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009 - Repeals current Department of Defense (DOD) policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces. Prohibits the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not opera...Read the Rest
Organizations Supporting H.R.1283
- service members legal defense network
- service members united
- Alexander Hamilton Post 448
- blue alliance
- knights out
- new england gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender inc.
- ...and 8 more.
Organizations Opposing H.R.1283
- American Christian Lobbyists Association
- christian coalition of south florida
- flag and general officers for the military
- right side news
- Culture Campaign
- Traditional Values Coalition
- ...and 3 more.
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