Clinton Compromise Aims to End Fireworks over Military's Gay Ban Senator Nunn May Offer a Bill after Hearing Joint Chiefs on Subject

By Marshall Ingwerson, writer of The Christian Science Monitor | The Christian Science Monitor, July 21, 1993 | Go to article overview

Clinton Compromise Aims to End Fireworks over Military's Gay Ban Senator Nunn May Offer a Bill after Hearing Joint Chiefs on Subject


Marshall Ingwerson, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor


PRESIDENT Clinton made a choice July 19 in announcing his policy on gays in the military, one of the most politically vexing issues in his young administration:

* Advocates for lifting the ban on gays in the military got the speech. He made clear that his sympathies inclined toward lifting the ban further than was politically realistic. He even singled out the most outspoken advocates of lifting the ban for praise.

* Opponents of lifting the ban got most of the policy. The executive order Mr. Clinton issued would largely ban service by the openly gay.

In his speech at the National Defense University in Washington, Clinton reaffirmed his central principle that conduct, and not homosexual status, should decide fitness for service. He also cited the loyal service of many homosexuals in the military.

"I think what it means now is, don't-ask, don't-tell is really the law of the land," says Northwestern University military sociologist Charles Moskos, referring to the short-hand description of a compromise policy that restricts service by the openly homosexual but does not inquire about sexual orientation.

The next step, which may come July 21, is for Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Sam Nunn (D) of Georgia to determine whether he is satisfied with Clinton's policy or if he will propose legislation to codify it in law. Mr. Nunn has been a leading opponent of lifting the ban on gays in the military. Other members of Congress expect their colleagues to follow Nunn's lead.

He had planned hearings with the Joint Chiefs of Staff July 20 for their reaction to the Clinton order. Senate aides expect that his decision whether to introduce legislation will be determined by what he sensed from the chief's testimony.

Clinton's order followed the recommendations of Defense Secretary Les Aspin, who has worked closely with the Joint Chiefs to craft it. It does not appear far from what Nunn himself has proposed, Dr. Moskos says.

The White House is nine-tenths of the way to Sam Nunn, says a congressional aide. "We'll see if they go the rest of the way."

To settle the issue, even on Nunn's terms, would serve two important ends for Clinton.

First, it would close active public controversy over an issue that has identified Clinton with traditional social liberals and their interest groups from the first week of his presidency. …

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