In three separate letters Monday to both chambers of Congress and the Department of Defense, the American Bar Association [ABA] called for an end to DADT and offered legal assistance in drafting a new policy. . . .
[ABA President Carolyn] Lamm notes that Americans don’t have a fundamental right to serve in the military, but writes that “there is no sufficient reason in our view to continue to deprive these men and women of the opportunity to serve their country and to deprive the nation of their talent and skill.”
Very well said, Ms. Lamm. Nice to see her acknowledge that this is not an issue of fundamental rights. And while I agree these gay men and women who want to serve and are otherwise qualified to do so should have the opportunity to serve, I also think we need point out the national security aspect of repeal, that by limiting the pool from which military recruiters can draw, we limit the number of able bodied Americans who can serve.
Simply put, the ban deprives the military of thousands of men and women eager to serve, to risk their lives to defend the nation that we all love.
Mr. President, with the ABA coming out for repeal, it’s clear a consensus is building for you to keep your campaign promise. Please tell us your press secretary misspoke when he said the Administration had no intention to push DAT repeal this year. The time for action is now.