Pentagon makes it harder to expel gays in military - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Pentagon makes it harder to expel gays in military

Defense Secretary Robert Gates Defense Secretary Robert Gates

WASHINGTON (NBC) - Big changes are in the works for the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Thursday, new guidelines for enforcing the ban on openly gay members of the military.

From the Defense Department, to the fields of Afghanistan, there are new rules for Don't Ask Don't Tell.

The new guidelines will make it more difficult for the military to discharge gay service members, raising the rank of those who can begin an investigation and raising the bar for what can be used as evidence and who is considered credible.

"We will revise what constitutes reliable person- special scrutiny third parties may want to hurt service member," said Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

For those already kicked out under the ban. The new rules offer no help, but any current investigation will have to conform to the revised rules.

The revisions come as the Defense Department continues an in depth look at repealing the ban all together.

Only Congress can do that and several members and even the President have called for its demise.

"This year, I will work with congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. It's the right thing to do," President Obama said back on January 27th.

In the meantime, it will be a new day for Don't Ask Don't Tell. It will be harder to get rid of service members while the government considers getting rid of the ban.

Powered by Frankly