Sunday, October 11, 2009

President Obama reaffirms pledge to end DADT law

WSJ: Obama to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Military Policy

Mr. President, just DO IT already, so can we end a stupid policy and eliminate the current most obvious obstacle to restoring ROTC at Columbia.

On its own merits, ending DADT is the right thing to do. The secondary effects of DADT - discouragement to serve, stigmatization, and notion that sexual orientation is a determinative factor for soldiering ability - should end. Military service should be inclusive of all Americans who are able and willing to do the job and their citizen's duty, and being gay has no effect on being a good (or poor) soldier. Many gay soldiers have served with honor while bearing the burden of DADT and many soldiers - gay and straight - support ending DADT.

More, via the Gay Patriot blog: Joint Forces Quarterly essay The Efficacy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, Knights Out - an advocacy group of LGBT West Pointers I joined as an ally, and this exchange between Elaine Donnelly and Knights Out founder LT Dan Choi.


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