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Obama Team Says “Yes” To Ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

January 10, 2009

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White House press secretary Robert Gibbs issued a one word response to a question left by a citizen on the Change.gov website.

And it is the answer that so many who are concerned about gay rights have wanted to hear.

Mr. Gibbs also responded to “Thaddeus” in Lansing, Mich. who asked whether the Obama administration still planned to get rid of the “Dont  Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays in military.

“Thaddeus, you don’t hear a politician give a one word answer much,” he said. “But it’s yes.”

The reason that we can be pleased with this response is that we are not in campaign mode anymore, and no one needs to sell voters on reasons to support any candidate.  The time of governing has arrived for the Obama team, and so the answer in such a straight-forward manner is most welcome.  Many have long argued for an end to the unjust and bigoted idea of denying gay Americans their open role in the military.

I think the politics of this has changed dramatically since President Clinton worked on the issue of gays in the military.  Clinton should have just released an Executive Order, and following a dust-up from conservatives the issue would have drifted away.   Instead Clinton wanted to find a middle path, and in the end was forced to accept the truly disgusting ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’, which has proved to be a real disadvantage to the nation at a time of war.   I think that our nation has moved in a more accepting and progressive direction regarding this matter,  and that Obama can make a change based on convictions, and suffer minimal political injury.

And gay Americans deserve no less.

For those in the military that have issues with gay service members, there is just one word to be used.  TOUGH.  The tail does not wag the dog, and this bigotry must end.  Let us recall those ‘broad-minded’ service members who opposed President Truman letting blacks serve in the military also had to be put in their place.  Some re-training will need to be done for some in the military, ‘but don’t, don’t tell’ must end.

I am convinced that Barack Obama will do that as President.

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