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article imageObama pledges to repeal ban on gays in the US military

By Andrew Moran     Oct 10, 2009 in Politics
On Saturday, United States President Barack Obama told 3,000 gay and lesbian activists that he will repeal 'Don't ask, Don't tell'. "That's my commitment to you."
“We should not be punishing patriotic Americans who have stepped forward to serve this country. We should be celebrating their willingness to show such courage and selflessness on behalf of their fellow citizens, especially when we're fighting two wars,” President Barack Obama telling a group of 3,000 activists at a dinner on Saturday, according to AFP.
The President concisely stated he will repeal the ban on gays in the United States military and ending former President Bill Clinton’s 1993 “Don’t ask, Don’t Tell” policy. However, Obama did not define a precise timeline of when he would accomplish this latest goal.
Since 1993, 12,000 men and women have been discharged from the military with more gay women being discharged than homosexual men, as Digital Journal reported on Friday.
Gay activist organizations have been pressuring Obama to continue his campaign promises of repealing the ban, at least according to the President of Human Rights Campaign Joe Solmonese, “This is also a great time of impatience.” His group is the largest gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual rights organization in the nation.
However, Solmonese further added that the nation should give the current incumbent time because his predecessor could not execute any policies his group was in favor of, “We should not confuse the work and the progress of the past 10 months with the delays, excuses and sometimes hateful rhetoric of the past 10 years.”
Throughout the President’s speech he also reaffirmed the audience that he will call on Congress to end the Defense of Marriage Act, which limits how state and local governments recognize partnerships, according to the Associated Press. He went on further to promise a new law that would extend benefits to domestic partners.
“My expectation is that when you look back on these years you will look back and see a time when we put a stop against discrimination ... whether in the office or the battlefield.”
According to the Washington Post, gay demonstrators and activists will march in Washington on Sunday to urge their representatives to act on issues that are most important to the LGBT communities across the United States.
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