Obama Supports “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Compromise Between Pentagon And Congress
President Obama is advocating an agreement between lawmakers and the Pentagon that begins the process of getting rid of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” military policy.
Under the compromise, finalized in a series of meetings Monday at the White House and on Capitol Hill, lawmakers will vote in the next several days on a repeal of the Clinton-era policy. If it passes, that action would not go into effect until the Pentagon completes a study about its impact on the troops.
Gay rights advocates call this a “dramatic breakthrough.”
In a statement, Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese said the announcement “paves the path to fulfill the President’s call to end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ this year and puts us one step closer to removing this stain from the laws of our nation.”
Conservatives vow to oppose the change. John McCain, who once advocated eliminating DADT, now says it shouldn’t be overturned. At the time he favored repeal, he was not in a primary race to retain his seat.Click here for reuse options!
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