Monday, July 20, 2009

It's Time To End the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy.

MOMENTUM IS building for a repeal of the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military. A proposal from the Palm Center of the University of California at Santa Barbara in May ignited calls for President Obama to issue a "stop-loss" declaration to halt enforcement of "don't ask, don't tell." Last week, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) proposed suspending the 16-year-old policy for 18 months. But both approaches pale in comparison with the full repeal being pursued by Rep. Patrick J. Murphy (D-Pa.).
The rationale for quick, stop-gap solutions is understandable. Ready, willing and able troops (nearly 13,000 men and women since 1993) are being drummed out of the military because of their sexual orientation. "Don't ask, don't tell" was a wrongheaded compromise when it was instituted.

Read the rest of the article on the Washington Post


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