Obama Will Delay Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Obama Will Delay Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"


This week word broke that the president-elect will not move for months, and perhaps not until 2010 to ask Congress to end the military's longstanding ban on open homosexuals in the service.

Throughout his campaign Barack Obama said he would repeal the ban on open gays in the military, but when selecting his joint chiefs of staff, he wouldn't require that they share his position on the policy. In a September interview, Obama said he wouldn't try to repeal the 1993 policy regarding gay service members on his own and that he hoped to ensure that when "we revert 'don't ask, don't tell,' it's gone through a process and we've built a consensus."

Advisers are now saying Obama wants to work with the joint chiefs of staff and his new political appointees at the Pentagon to reach a consensus and then present legislation to Congress.

"Don't ask, don't tell" prohibits gay military personnel from disclosing their sexual orientation because anyone that "demonstrates a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would create an unacceptable risk to standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion."

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