Sunday, March 29, 2009
One of the reasons I supported then-candidate Barack Obama in his quest for president was his promise to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” On January 21st, 2009, the day after the inaugural, I wrote if the President Obama backpedals on his campaign promise to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” then I could no longer support him.
Sadly, less than 100 days into his administration, it looks like that day has arrived.
During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said America shouldn’t expect changes anytime soon to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy about gays serving openly in the military, as both he and President Obama have “a lot on our plates right now.”
As Gates puts it, “let’s push that one down the road a little bit.”
The White House has said Obama has begun consulting with Gates and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on how to lift the ban. But, Gates says the dialogue has not progressed very far at this point.
The Pentagon policy was put in place after President Bill Clinton tried to lift the ban on gay service members in 1993.
The policy refers to the military practice of not asking recruits their sexual orientation. In turn, service members are banned from saying they are gay or bisexual, engaging in homosexual activity or trying to marry a member of the same sex.