Anybody Recall How Oklahoma Voted on Repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell?”

Anybody recall how Oklahoma voted on “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell?”  It was the repeal President Obama signed into law on December 22, 2010.

Highlight:-Repeals the policy concerning homosexuality in the armed forces, commonly known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell…That a member of the armed forces who has engaged in a homosexual act be terminated from the armed forces; -That a member of the armed forces who has stated that he or she is a homosexual or a bisexual be terminated from the armed forces; and -That a member of the armed forces who has married or attempted to marry a person of the same biological sex be terminated from the armed forces.” From Vote Smart synopsis

Oklahoma’s ineffective representation voted all, total, and 100%  NO.

Rep. John A. Sullivan  U.S. House (OK) – District 1, Republican (education: BBA, Marketing, Northeastern State University, 1992) He voted, “Nay.”

Rep. David Daniel ‘Dan’ Boren U.S. House – District 2, Democratic (education: MBA, International Business, Oklahoma University, 2001 and BS, Economics, Texas Christian University, 1997) He voted, “Nay.”

Rep. Frank D. Lucas  U.S. House (OK) – District 3, Republican (Education: BS, Agriculture Economics, Oklahoma State University, 1982) He voted, “Nay.”

Rep. Tom Cole U.S. House (OK) – District 4, Republican (Education: PhD, 19th Century British History, University of Oklahoma, 1984 and MA, British History, Yale University, 1974 and BA, History, Grinnell College, 1971)  He voted, “Nay.”

Rep. Mary Fallin U.S. House (OK) – District 5, Republican ( BS degree OSU) Current Governor. She voted, “Nay.”

Now here is the President of the United States signing the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

The Washington Post has a  wonderful timeline story of this repeal. They take it back to 1950 where Truman signed the Uniform Code of Military conduct which set up rules for discharge. The pictorial ends with the Senate voting 65 to 31 for repeal. See Timeline: A history of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Then from out of nowhere, Oklahoma lawmaker wants to reinstate ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ for state’s National Guard –  a misguided effort to turn back the clock on equality in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma House Blocks Effort to Reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Oklahoma City – February 20, 2012 – Leaders at the Oklahoma House of Representatives today took steps to block passage of HB 2195, a bill seeking to reinstate the now-defunct Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy in the Oklahoma National Guard. Introduced by Mike Reynolds (R-91), HB 2195 drew widespread condemnation from LGBT and civil rights advocates across the nation. The bill has been reassigned from the House Veterans and Military Affairs committtee to the House Rules committee. The move effectively kills the bill.

“We applaud the commitment to fairness and justice shown by Speaker Kris Steele and a bipartisan group of other lawmakers today. From 1993 to 2011, the U.S. government spent nearly $400 million in administrative, training, and recruitment costs associated with replacing the over 13,000 servicemembers expelled under DADT. Rep. Reynolds’s bill directly violated federal policies and risked the loss of $294 million in annual federal funding to the Oklahoma National Guard. We are relieved that the brave men and women of the Oklahoma National Guard will not have their readiness compromised by the damage this legislation would have created.” said Laura Belmonte, chair of The Equality Network.

TEN worked in colloboration with the Human Rights Campaign, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, ACLU-Oklahoma, Oklahomans for Equality, Cimarron Alliance Foundation, and PFLAG chapters in opposing this misguided effort to turn back the clock on equality in Oklahoma.

Dispite recent efforts of Oklahoma lawmakers such as State Rep. Mike Reynolds, repeal of DADT still stands for now. So what can Oklahomans do to keep the insanity gone? Let’s vote NAY to regressive representation in Oklahoma.  We can also use our God given voices at the Oklahoma Capitol. Let’s make names like: Tom Cole, Mary Fallin, Dan Boren, Frank Lucus, and John Sullavan forgotten names remembered only as footnotes from the dark days in our state’s civil right’s history.

Terry Gresham

Read more:

Talking the President’s Progressive Achievements #7: DADT

Oklahoma lawmaker wants to reinstate ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ for state’s National Guard


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