Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Finally, A Move for More Rights for People Like You and Me !

'Don't ask, don't tell' policy on gays in military to change
By Craig Whitlock and Michael D. Shear, Washington Post, Tuesday, February 2, 2010

'This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are,' Obama said.
Last summer, Gates asked the Pentagon's legal counsel whether the military could ignore allegations made by snitches, civilians or other third parties. Under such a scenario, gay military personnel would face discharge only if they themselves declare their sexual orientation.
Despite persistent objections in some corners, the Pentagon's senior leaders have largely come to terms with Obama's stance on the issue and are operating under the assumption that the law banning gays from serving in the military will be repealed, Pentagon officials said.

This is a move without costs and only benefits for the rights of man! Long overdue, it is reassuring that Gates is moving on this only days after Obama's repetition of his pledge to abolish this abomination in his State of the Union Address.

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