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article imageDemocratic lawmakers push Obama on 'don't ask don't tell'

By Michael Krebs     Jun 22, 2009 in Lifestyle
House Democrats urge President Obama to suspend investigations and discharges and to be discreet in applying 'don't ask don't tell' standards on gay and lesbian military personnel until congress can repeal the law.
Gay and lesbian activists have not been pleased with the inaction of the Obama administration when it comes to gay marriages in civilian society and "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policies facing gay and lesbian military personnel - and on the latter issue, they are now joined by seventy-seven House Democrats.
“We urge you to exercise the maximum discretion legally possible in administering don't ask, don't tell until Congress repeals the law,” the lawmakers wrote to Obama on Monday, reported The Hill.
The legislators are requesting that Obama - as commander in chief - provides direction to the military leadership to cease sexual-orientation investigations against military personnel and to disregard any accusations made on the grounds of sexual-orientation.
“We request that you impose that no one is asked and that you ignore, as the law requires, third parties who tell,” the lawmakers wrote. “Under your leadership, Congress must then repeal and replace don't ask, don't tell with a policy of inclusion and non-discrimination.”
President Obama has pledged to repeal the legislation, but he has not taken any steps to do so - even in the face of gay and lesbian pressure.
“Since you took office on January 20, 2009, more than 250 gay and lesbian service members have been discharged under this law, which continues to undermine and demoralize the more than 65,000 gay and lesbian Americans currently serving on active duty,” the lawmakers wrote to Obama, according to The Hill.
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