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Vicky Hartzler Continues to Embarrass Herself With Opposition to DADT Repeal

The Keen News Service and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network have coverage of today's Congressional hearing on the implementation of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal that's really worth checking out. In short, "the military's repeal of its longstanding 'don’t ask, don’t tell' policy is not facing resistance from troops and is on track to take full effect this fall as planned."

But Vicky Hartzler, who sits on the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, wasn't all that interested in facts, the insight from experts who testified before the subcommittee and the clear opinion of actual service members.  She just finds the whole idea of repealing DADT icky. 

According to tweets from the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Hartzler was "obsessed" with talking about why shower facilities are segregated by gender, but not by sexual orientation.  And Hartzler told the committee she believes 10% of the military will leave because of the decision to repeal DADT.

UPDATE: Here's video from ThinkProgress: 

Here's what the Keen News Service reported on the hearing:

“How does this increase our mission of being able to win wars in doing this?” asked Hartzler.

Vice Admiral William Gortney said it was the judgment of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, that repeal “won’t have an impact.”

“And I happen to believe that as well,” said Gortney...

Hartzler asked why men and women were provided with different shower facilities. “What’s the difference? Seems you have a double-standard here,” said Hartzler.

“Gender is very public and sexual orientation is very private,” said Gortney, echoing [Undersecretary Clifford] Stanley’s response earlier.

She also asked whether the children of servicemembers were being provided with training concerning the repeal.

Stanley said such training is available for parents who want to access it for their children.

Hartzler asked whether children attending military schools would have any alternatives where pro-LGBT curricula would not be mandated.

“The question is pretty heavy,” said Stanley, saying he wanted more time to look into what the curriculum provides for.

Here were the tweets from the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network during the hearing.



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