Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has called for a filibuster of the Defense Authorization Act, which currently has an amendment repealing the federal law banning homosexuals from serving in the US military:
“I’ve never known of a better excuse for a filibuster than to stop the Congress of the United States from essentially destroying the greatest military force our nation has ever known.”
Each of the four military service chiefs has expressed opposition to what is described as a “compromise” over DADT repeal; Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen’s position is somewhat less clear, as he appeared to initially express support but has now expressed reservations. In apparently dismissing the ongoing review, its timing ‘sends a signal’ to American servicemembers that their views don’t matter:
[This] will be seen by the men and women of the Army as a reversal of our commitment to hear their views before moving forward…
[This] may cause confusion on the status of the law in the fleet and disrupt the review process itself by leading sailors to question whether their input matters.
For his part, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates broadcast a special message to servicemembers telling them nothing will change in the short term, and that current laws will continue to be enforced.