DADT: the Mormon versus Military milieu
So DADT is gone. Let’s take a roll call of the Mormon senators and their votes for the repeal:
Reid (D-NV) -Yea
Bennett (R-UT) – Nay
Crapo (R-ID) – Nay
Hatch (R-UT) – (Didn’t vote)
(Did I forget anyone?)
Some have noted that before DADT, you couldn’t get kicked out of the military unless you engaged in homosexual acts. During DADT, you could kicked for being gay without engaging in homosexual acts, which was more discriminatory than before the law. Others have noted that DADT had its own repeal built into it because once gays were known to have been in the military without any dysfunction, it wouldn’t make sense for them to not be allowed to be “open” about it.
There’s an extent to which the Church can support the repeal of DADT in the same way that it supported the nondiscrimination ordinances in Salt Lake City. Since DADT was a question of discrimination against even those who don’t act on their attractions, the Church can offer support up the point of removing this discrimination. But nondiscrimination in housing and employment (in this case military housing and enlistment) basically amounts to a green light for same-sex cohabitation. Thus, the Church can’t support the repeal all the way…although it did support the SLC ordinances, so hmmmm….
In any event, I wouldn’t say that the Church has a DADT milieu. It’s more like do-ask-and-do-tell-your-bishop, which has its own sets of issues.