A policy that was started 16 years ago by President Bill Clinton, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” will be ended says Barack Obama. Don’t ask, don’t tell is a policy held by the military in which openly gay people are not able to serve in the armed forces. The point of the policy was to allow homosexuals to serve in the military without actually allowing them to serve. We won’t ask, you don’t tell us.

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Speaking at a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) dinner, Obama pledged to end the policy that has been so divisive to some in the homosexual community. Proponents of homosexuality have long fought for the right to openly serve in the military without having to worry about discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Despite having a record of supporting homosexuals, the Clinton policy of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” has been viewed by some as half a victory in the cause of equal rights. The measure only allows homosexuals to serve in the military if they don’t disclose their sexual orientation.

Although he pledged to abolish the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, Obama didn’t give a specific timetable at the (HRC) dinner; leaving some to wonder if he will actually act on the measure or if he was just giving lip services to another group in which he owes his Presidency.

A spokesman for (HRC) said in the Wall Street Journal that Obama missed an opportunity to set a timetable, saying that tonight’s speech was little more than reiterating his campaign promise on the issue. Amazingly these groups are still expecting results from the Obama Administration; I guess they haven’t figured out that he’s a walking bag of nothing more than campaign promises.

Obama told the gay activist group that he is with them in the fight with unwavering commitment. He could have really shown his commitment to the homosexual community by setting a definite timeline for ending “don’t ask, don’t tell”.

The group Human Rights Campaign said that they would love to have an actual bill in Congress sometime in 2010 repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell”. Obama isn’t ready to spend his dwindling political capital on an issue that divides the nation such as this one.




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