H.R.1283 - Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009

To amend title 10, United States Code, to enhance the readiness of the Armed Forces by replacing the current policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces, referred to as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", with a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. view all titles (2)

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  • Short: Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Official: To amend title 10, United States Code, to enhance the readiness of the Armed Forces by replacing the current policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces, referred to as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", with a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. as introduced.

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Representative

Ellen Tauscher

D-CA

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OpenCongress Summary

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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Official Summary

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 operating as a service in t

Official Summary

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 operating as a service in the Navy, from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation against any member of the Armed Forces or any person seeking to become a member. Authorizes the re-accession into the Armed Forces of otherwise qualified individuals previously separated for homosexuality, bisexuality, or homosexual conduct. Requires such Secretaries to ensure that regulations governing the personal conduct of members of the Armed Forces are written and enforced without regard to sexual orientation.

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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. See all.

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. See all.




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