The Reserve Officers Association, a national veterans group founded in 1922 and chartered by Congress in 1950, voted today to rescind its previous call for complete exclusion of gays and lesbians serving in the U.S. military. The association also rejected a proposal to endorse the current "don't ask, don't tell" law (DADT), which permits gays and lesbians to serve, provided they keep silent about their sexual orientation.
SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis explains the significance of today's ROA decision.
"This is a major breakthrough for proponents of repealing DADT. Clearly, the association heard Sec. Gates, Admiral Mullen, and Gen. Colin Powell last week. ROA's decision is by no means a full victory, but clearly is a concrete indication that the opposition to open service is crumbling, even within one of the largest and oldest military organizations."
Previously, ROA had urged Congress "to exclude homosexuals from induction, enlistment, commissioning, and continued service in the Armed Forces of the United States." This was U.S. government policy prior to the introduction of DADT in 1993.
A revised proposal “to make no changes to the current [DADT] law” was also voted down. As a result, the ROA now takes no position on current proposals to repeal DADT.
02-10-10 By Kevin Nix, Communications Director |