A Massachusetts Democrat on Wednesday plans to re-introduce a bill repealing the congressional ban on homosexuals serving in the military.
Rep. Marty Meehan's Military Readiness Enhancement Act died last year in the Republican-controlled Congress. But with Democrats in charge, Meehan is more optimistic about passing the bill.
Meehan, who chairs the Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, plans to hold hearings as early as April, USA Today reported.
Meehan's bill would require the U.S. Armed Forces to adopt a policy of nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation -- allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the military, something they cannot do now.
Three Republicans have signed on, including Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida.
Iíll concede the policy might have once made sense, but it doesnít now, given certain changes in social attitudes over the course of the last thirty to forty years. End it, donít mend it.