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One hundred Members of Congress now support the Military Readiness Enhancement Act (H.R. 1059), a Congressional bill that would repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel. The bill, introduced in March by Representative Marty Meehan (D-MA), is co-sponsored by Republican and Democratic lawmakers, including nine members of the House Armed Services Committee. Representative Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) recently became the 100th co-sponsor.I took the liberty of going to the House website and looking up H.R. 1059 myself. H.R. 1059, which being called the Military Readiness Enhanement Act of 2005, now has 104 co-sponsors in the U.S. House. It has been stuck within the House Committee on Armed Forces' subcommittee on military personnel. And I'll give you one good guess as to why this particular piece of legislation is being bottled up. The current leadership within the House, the Senate and the Administration just do not want to see this legislation proceed any further. If it passes then all hope of "saving America" from the "evils" of homosexuality will be lost forever. The scope of this piece of legislation and the effect it will have on America is a great one. The Act (H.R. 1059)not only repeals the ban on letting gays serve openly it also creates a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation:
SEC. 4. ESTABLISHMENT OF POLICY OF NONDISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION IN THE ARMED FORCES.The reason why the anti-gay bigots of America don't want this legislation to pass is very simple: If the military can't discriminate against the "fags and the queers" then neither can the total entirety of the American government, which means... sexual orientation (heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual) would become a federally protected class just like race, religion, sex, etc. I hope that more co-sponsors will come on board to help push H.R. 1059 out of committee. I hope that it passes. I hope that America can one day reach the ideals which were laid down for her more than 200 years ago: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness and that all men (and women, too) are created equal. The text of H.R. 1059 can be found at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.R.1059:
(a) Establishment of Policy- (1) Chapter 37 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:`Sec. 656. Policy of nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation
`(a) Policy- 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, may not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation against any member of the armed forces or against any person seeking to become a member of the armed forces.
`(b) Discrimination on Basis of Sexual Orientation- For purposes of this section, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is--
`(1) in the case of a member of the armed forces, the taking of any personnel or administrative action (including any action relating to promotion, demotion, evaluation, selection for an award, selection for a duty assignment, transfer, or separation) in whole or in part on the basis of sexual orientation; and
`(2) in the case of a person seeking to become a member of the armed forces, denial of accession into the armed forces in whole or in part on the basis of sexual orientation.
`(c) Personnel and Administrative Policies and Action- 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, may not establish, implement, or apply any personnel or administrative policy, or take any personnel or administrative action (including any policy or action relating to promotions, demotions, evaluations, selections for awards, selections for duty assignments, transfers, or separations) in whole or in part on the basis of sexual orientation.
`(d) Rules and Policies Regarding Conduct- Nothing in this section 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 prescribing or enforcing regulations governing the conduct of members of the armed forces if the regulations are designed and applied without regard to sexual orientation.
`(e) Re-Accession of Otherwise Qualified Persons Permitted- Any person separated from the armed forces for homosexuality, bisexuality, or homosexual conduct in accordance with laws and regulations in effect before the date of the enactment of this section, if otherwise qualified for re-accession into the armed forces, shall not be prohibited from re-accession into the armed forces on the sole basis of such separation.
`(f) Sexual Orientation- In this section, the term `sexual orientation' means heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality, whether the orientation is real or perceived, and includes statements and consensual sexual conduct manifesting heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality.'.