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Obama To Overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

President Obama will end the 15-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that has prevented gay and bisexual men and women from serving openly within the U.S. military, a spokesman for the president-elect said.

Obama said during the campaign that he opposed the policy, but since his election in November has made statements that have been interpreted as backpedaling. On Friday, however, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs, responding on the transition team’s Web site to a Michigan resident who asked if the new administration planned to get rid of the policy, said:

“You don’t hear politicians give a one-word answer much. But it’s ‘Yes.’ ” Read more here.

To add my two-cents: I have a friend who was in the Navy since high school, so almost 15 years on a nuclear sub, he was intending to retire from the Navy. He served our country, he traveled around the world, postponed having a civilian life as he was always traveling, missed his 20’s completely but was able to have a wife and two kids. Well, he eventually came to terms with his sexuality and slowly realized that he was gay. Well, eventually he had an AOL profile where he indicated he was gay. He didn’t post ads, was always professional at work, didn’t “tell”, etc. However, it seems that the Navy “stumbled” across his AOL profile and determined that he had “told” and as a result he was discharged. Yes, just like that. 

Does the policy ultimately make sense? No. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable in the workplace, whether that be at a fast-food restaurant, the Navy, or in a skyscraper office building, that’s an issue of professionalism, not sexuality. I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it, if a good American is willing to risk their life for our country, we should allow them to do so. 

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January 14, 2009 - Posted by | gay rights | , , , , , ,

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