Amid their celebratory talk, gay rights groups on Friday also warned that the ban remained in effect. Indeed, Lt. Col. Victor J. Fehrenbach, a decorated Air Force fighter pilot of 19 years, could be discharged any day under a ‘don’t ask’ investigation that began two years ago.
After being accused of sexual harassment in 2008, Colonel Fehrenbach, who had flown combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan, admitted to being gay, even discussing his sexuality on “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC. Though the allegations were dismissed, a board recommended that he be discharged. His case is now before the secretary of the Air Force.
I get the logic behind this drawn-out DADT repeal: you need to make sure the various services are mostly behind the policy, otherwise it makes the transition more difficult (see, for instance, these comments earlier in the article:
But Keith Johnson, a petty officer first class with the Coast Guard and a former Marine, said he opposed homosexuality on religious grounds and thought repealing the ban would hurt morale. “If I don’t know, it’s a whole lot better than someone parading it around in my face and me having to deal with it,” he said.)
I get it, but I don’t like it. But come on, this is just dumb: everyone knows the DADT will be repealed, so why continue to kick people out because of DADT? Can’t we have a moratorium or something like that? Or does that just make too much sense?