Wednesday, March 4, 2009

In a First, the Commander-in-Chief Supports Repeal

For the first time since its inception in 1993, a commander-in-chief now officially supports repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Following Monday's re-introduction of legislation, sponsored by Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher (D-CA), to end the law that has resulted in the dismissal of more than 12,000 service members, President Obama again reiterated his support for the bill, known as The Military Readiness Enhancement Act.

"The president supports changing ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,’" Thomas F. Vietor, a spokesperson for the President, said in a statement Monday night. "As part of a longstanding pledge, he has also begun consulting closely with Secretary Gates and Chairman Mullen so that this change is done in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and our national security."

That position makes Obama, who was a consistent critic of the law during his time in the Senate and on the campaign trail, the first sitting President to support ending the prohibition on service by lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans. And that takes us an important step forward in the campaign to lift the ban.

If you will be in Washington on Friday, March 13th, join retired Air Force Colonel, and PFLAG dad, Dan Tepfer on the lawn of the Capitol. Colonel Tepfer will be joined by veterans, activists and allies from across the country in calling on Congress to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." For more information, click here.

1 comment:

steve tabarez said...

SOME CAUTION, HERE. BEWARE OF THE WORDS: "...sensible way...that strengthens our armed forces...″ WE'VE HEARD THAT OPENING TO KEEP THA STATUS QUO BEFORE.