Obama Will End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Former supporters turned against Clinton-era policy
By Gabriel Winant, Newser User
Posted Jan 14, 2009 7:58 AM CST
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(Newser) – The end is near for “don’t ask, don’t tell,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Rolling back the 1993 policy keeping gay, lesbian, and bisexual members of the military from serving openly was one of Barack Obama's campaign pledges, but some feared he was backing off. But asked about repeal plans, his spokesman said, “You don't hear politicians give a one-word answer much. But it's 'Yes.’”

“The question isn't if we do it, and the question isn't when we do it, it's how we do it,” said the Democratic congresswoman whose 2006 bill repealing the policy stalled because of a likely veto. Three-quarters of the public opposed “don’t ask, don’t tell” in a recent poll, and some onetime supporters, including Colin Powell and Sam Nunn, have turned against it.

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Kenja
Jan 16, 2009 10:45 PM CST
alienvv, you've never been in the military have you? With the exception of basic training and a few field exercise, military members do not shower together. You've been watching to many old movies.
Guest
Jan 15, 2009 2:07 AM CST
It is saver for our solders to have "Don’t ask, Don't tell". We want our love ones to be focus and not have to deal with, who is straight and who is not. For most it is their job and they should do their job on base.
alienvv
Jan 14, 2009 9:08 PM CST
Gays are clearly pushing their way... overly sensitive, they consider themselves a race, a religious group, a minority... Pretty soon straight people will have to start manifesting for their rights...