Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pentagon to meet with military gay spouses

Members of the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Review Working Group on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will meet with lesbian and gay military partners on Sept. 16, said Servicemember’s United.
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The meeting will be the first time Pentagon staff are meeting with gay military partners about Don’t Ask.
“We are honored to be able to facilitate this meeting between the partners of active duty lesbian and gay troops and the leadership and staff of the Comprehensive Review Working Group,” said Alexander Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United. “The plight of military partners is something that Servicemembers United has led the way on with our Campaign for Military Partners, and we have been pushing for partner input into the review process for quite some time. We are glad that the Pentagon recognizes the value of input from these silent heroes.”

The meeting is part of Servicemembers United’s Military Partners Forum in Washington, DC in conjunction with its fall “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Lobby Day.

The Pentagon is currently surveying 150,000 military spouses as part of a study looking at the consequences of repealing Don’t Ask. The survey, of course, isn’t going to gay partners of servicemembers – but it’s been leaked and is now online.


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