|Updated: 2/20/2012 2:42 pm
||Published: 2/20/2012 2:39 pm
The Oklahoma House of Representatives took steps to block a bill seeking to reinstate the now-defunct Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy in the Oklahoma National Guard.
Mike Reynolds introduced HB 2195 it has now been reassigned from the House Veterans and Military Affairs committee to the House Rules committee. The move effectively kills the bill.
"We applaud the commitment to fairness and justice shown by Speaker Kris Steele and a bipartisan group of other lawmakers today. We are relieved the brave men and women of the Oklahoma National Guard will not have their readiness compromised by the damage this legislation would have created." said Laura Belmonte, chair of The Equality Network.
TEN worked in collaboration with the Human Rights Campaign, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, ACLU-Oklahoma, Oklahomans for Equality, Cimarron Alliance Foundation, and PFLAG chapters to oppose this bill.