Rep. Steve Israel (center) at Long Island Pride Parade on Saturday
Rep. Says Military Should Repeal DADT's Dishonorable Discharges
By Michelle Garcia
Originally published on Advocate.com June 08 2013 12:55 PM ET
A New York Congressman has recommended that the Pentagon rescind all dishonorable discharged received by gay and lesbian service members because of "don't ask, don't tell."
Rep. Steve Israel called the practice a "longtime injustice that needs to be righted." The law banning openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual members of the military was repealed officially in 2011, but several issues for LGBT service members have remained unresolved.
Many of the service members who were relieved from military duty because of "don't ask, don't tell," were issued dishonorable or less-than-honorable discharges, according to CBS News.
Israel's announcement came with the news that the Pentagon would begin issuing some benefits to same-sex couples involved in the military, similar to those that are afforded to straight married couples, starting Sept. 1.