Saturday, June 06, 2009

Time to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

As the nation commemorates the 65th anniversary of D-Day and those who gave their lives to defend us, it is time we stood up for those who are now willing to make the same sacrifice if asked but are forced to deny their own nature to do so. It is nothing less than shameful that gay and lesbian members of the military must still adhere to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy or risk being kicked out, which has done nothing but cost us valuable people at a time of need. But unlike in 1993 when this policy was first instituted, this is no longer a controversial issue. The vast majority of Americans favor allowing gays to serve openly - even a majority of conservatives.

Now President Obama promised to get this stupid policy repealed during his campaign and, interestingly, the Republican Congressman he just appointed to be Secretary of the Army also favors a repeal. Could this be a clever move to build political support in Congress? Let's hope so.

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