Obama Promises To Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

January 14, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – According to a spokesman for President-Elect Barack Obama, the military rule of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is going to be a thing of our past, as Obama ends the 15 year restriction held over the heads of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered US soldiers.

The confirmation came from a statement made on Obama’s transition team’s website, where a Michigan local asked spokesman Robert Gibbs if there were plans to remove the policy, which had been a major focus during the campaign trail, as gay rights came into the spotlight during the ’08 election.

“You don’t hear politicians give a one-word answer much. But it’s ‘Yes’,” Gibbs responded, ending controversy over the perceived slight on the issue, where the President-Elect was accused of recanting his promise to fight this rule.

The end of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy has been a long time in the making. In 2006, a bill by Democratic Rep. Ellen Tauscher gained wide support within Congress, which would revoke the ban, and allow homosexuals the right to live openly within the military. However, threats of immediate veto by President Bush kept the repeal from moving forward, and it was eventually lost amongst the other bills presented by Democrats during the past eight years.

The end of the policy is creating support within military ranks themselves, as well. Matt Shea, the chief of staff of the American Legion Post 911, spoke to reporters about his own experience, having a friend who fought alongside him in Iraq come out as a homosexual within the military.

“It’s about competence, about being able to do your job. He was a better leader than most, took care of his guys better than most I’d seen. Who cares? Seriously.”


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