The governor announced that he has proposed changing the anti-discrimination statutes for the military department in Connecticut and making them in line with those of the United States Military.
The Connecticut Military Department oversees the Connecticut Army National Guard, the Connecticut Air National guard, and four companies of the state militia.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said his proposed changes to the Connecticut Military Department policies are “straightforward” and would focus on “basic equity.”
The proposed legislation would modify legislation to expand anti-discrimination guidelines in religion, national origin, color, race, sex, gender identity or expression and sexual orientation.
“They’re not only the right thing to do, they also align with federal rules as to who can participate in military roles. Simply put, this legislation will further protect residents who want to serve, regardless of their beliefs or background. Placing archaic, artificial boundaries on the ability to serve, protect our freedoms, and defend our nation is backward,” Malloy said in a statement on Monday.
Malloy said the changes are “long overdue.”
“I applaud the federal government for taking this step toward equality. Now, we in Connecticut must do the same,” Malloy said.
In 2013, Malloy said he signed the federal government’s elimination of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell." The legislation "prohibits homosexuals from openly serving in the Armed Forces."
The senate bill is number 21, an act concerning the military department’s nondiscrimination laws, and is in front of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for consideration.
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