H. R. 2965
One Hundred Eleventh Congress
United States of America
AT THE SECOND SESSION
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,
the fifth day of January, two thousand and ten
To amend the Small Business Act with respect to the Small Business Innovation
Research Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer Program, and
for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal
Act of 2010”.
SEC. 2. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE POLICY CONCERNING HOMOSEXUALITY
IN THE ARMED FORCES.
(a) COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A
REPEAL OF 10 U.S.C. 654.-
(1) IN GENERAL.-On March 2, 2010, the Secretary of
Defense issued a memorandum directing the Comprehensive
Review on the Implementation of a Repeal of 10 U.S.C. 654
(section 654 of title 10, United States Code).
(2) OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF REVIEW.-The Terms of Reference
accompanying the Secretary’s memorandum established
the following objectives and scope of the ordered review:
(A) Determine any impacts to military readiness, military
effectiveness and unit cohesion, recruiting/retention,
and family readiness that may result from repeal of the
law and recommend any actions that should be taken in
light of such impacts.
(B) Determine leadership, guidance, and training on
standards of conduct and new policies.
(C) Determine appropriate changes to existing policies
and regulations, including but not limited to issues
regarding personnel management, leadership and training,
facilities, investigations, and benefits.
(D) Recommend appropriate changes (if any) to the
Uniform Code of Military Justice.
(E) Monitor and evaluate existing legislative proposals
to repeal 10 U.S.C. 654 and proposals that may be introduced
in the Congress during the period of the review.
(F) Assure appropriate ways to monitor the workforce
climate and military effectiveness that support successful
follow-through on implementation.
(G) Evaluate the issues raised in ongoing litigation
involving 10 U.S.C. 654.
(b) EFFECTIVE DATE.-The amendments made by subsection
(f) shall take effect 60 days after the date on which the last of
the following occurs:
(1) The Secretary of Defense has received the report
required by the memorandum of the Secretary referred to in
(2) The President transmits to the congressional defense
committees a written certification, signed by the President,
the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, stating each of the following:
(A) That the President, the Secretary of Defense, and
the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have considered
the recommendations contained in the report and the
report’s proposed plan of action.
(B) That the Department of Defense has prepared the
necessary policies and regulations to exercise the discretion
provided by the amendments made by subsection (f).
(C) That the implementation of necessary policies and
regulations pursuant to the discretion provided by the
amendments made by subsection (f) is consistent with the
standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit
cohesion, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces.
(c) NO IMMEDIATE EFFECT ON CURRENT POLICY.-Section 654
of title 10, United States Code, shall remain in effect until such
time that all of the requirements and certifications required by
subsection (b) are met. If these requirements and certifications
are not met, section 654 of title 10, United States Code, shall
remain in effect.
(d) BENEFITS.-Nothing in this section, or the amendments
made by this section, shall be construed to require the furnishing
of benefits in violation of section 7 of title 1, United States Code
(relating to the definitions of ”marriage” and ”spouse” and referred
to as the ”Defense of Marriage Act”).
(e) NO PRIVATE CAUSE OF ACTION.-Nothing in this section,
or the amendments made by this section, shall be construed to
create a private cause of action.
(f) TREATMENT OF 1993 POLICY.-
(1) TITLE 10.-Upon the effective date established by subsection
(b), chapter 37 of title 10, United States Code, is
(A) by striking section 654; and
(B) in the table of sections at the beginning of such
chapter, by striking the item relating to section 654.
(2) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.-Upon the effective date
established by subsection (b), section 571 of the National
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994 (10 U.S.C.
654 note) is amended by striking subsections (b), (c), and (d).
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Vice President of the United States and
President of the Senate.
Author – U.S. Congress (Public Domain)
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