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They Asked, He Told: Obama Won't Repeal 'Don't Ask' on Own

They Asked, He Told: Obama Won't Repeal 'Don't Ask' on Own

In an interview to gay publications to be published today, Obama said he wouldn't try to repeal the 1993 policy regarding gay service members on his own. Saying:

I want to make sure that when we revert 'don't ask, don't tell,' it's gone through a process and we've built a consensus or at least a clarity of what my expectations are so that it works. My first obligation as the president is to make sure that I keep the American people safe and that our military is functioning effectively. Although I have consistently said I would repeal 'don't ask, don't tell,' I believe that the way to do it is make sure that we are working through a process, getting the Joint Chiefs of Staff clear in terms of what our priorities are going to be.

Earlier this summer, the House considered a shift to the policy, and 75 percent now approve of allowing gays to serve. John McCain has indicated that he would keep the policy in place.

In the interview Obama declined to comment however, on whether his attorney general would support a lawsuit against the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages in favor of state's rights.


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GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 8 years
While it is good to hear him not making a huge issue out of this during our current economic strain, this was an article for gay publications...not, something to the general population. And the interview was probably weeks if not months don't see the problem with him expressing his stance and wish he would. Not answering the questions seems like a very politics as usual move. Does anyone else think that of all the "gay issues" that this is the one with a great deal of controversy but really shouldn't be the one changed first. The amount of LGBT people who want to adopt, marry, get insured, or keep a job far outweighs those that wish to enter the armed why not prioritize the tasks at hand.
Marni7 Marni7 8 years
seriously my first thought was dayum he looks good in this picture lol glad i wasnt the only one who thought so ;)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
As an openly gay man I respect the position of President on this issue and I do agree with a measured approach on the subject. Making abrupt and sweeping changes will only compromise military integrity, personal safety of individuals, political cooperation, favorable public opinion, and political future. A President Obama would be doing the right thing by working closely with the Joint Chiefs and Congressional leaders and doing what Obama does best.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
He does look good in that picture, and I think it's right to say that he won't make such a decision unilaterally.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
LOL, that looks like a scene from 24 or Criminal Minds.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Zeze, yeah he looks a little fuller not as thin and Pop I want you to go away now j/k ahahahah " Obama supports sodomy in the US Army." best quote ever!
zeze zeze 8 years topic, but he looks really good in that picture (if guys can check out Sarah Palin, I should get to check out Obama)
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Pop! "Next thing you'd see a commercial about how Obama supports sodomy in the US Army." :rotfl:
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
What I always found odd about the "don't ask don't tell" policy is that I don't think many gay men/women would walk around broadcasting their sexuality if this policy wasn't in place. The fact that people seem to think it's going to be a distraction is kind of ridiculous I mean if that is the case then women are a distraction to straight men in the military.....they date, marry, and have kids all while serving our country and that's not equally distracting?
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I took from the article that he doesn't want to turn this into a banner issue right now with everything else going on. I don't blame him. Next thing you'd see a commercial about how Obama supports sodomy in the US Army.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Right, Torg. All I took from the article is that he is going to do it responsibly.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
You are welcome. I think the point of the story is that he's saying he won't just get sworn in and then turn and say, "Alright, homos! You're in the army, now!" Who knows. Seems like the news is kind of slow aside from anything financial.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Thanks torg.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Obama? Yes, he's been consistently against the policy.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
This isn't a loaded question, just curious. Didn't he already say he would repeal it?
True-Song True-Song 8 years
But he's on the right side of this social issue, both in that he's right, he's in the majority, and his opponent holds the opposing and unpopular view.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Makes sense to me. Can't happen overnight, and like Jill said, sounds like he's just being realistic.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
The past 2 elections have been about social issues, not major issues. We know how well that turned out!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
It seems like he should want to make a big deal out of it. His view is with the majority, a huge majority of 75%, and McCain is on the wrong side of the issue.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I agree with Harmony that changing the law WOULD require a lot of planning, so it makes sense (and it is completely honest) that he would have to consult other people. I think it would have been pandering if he would have said he would immediately change the law. This answer might not be as satisfying, but it is realistic. Myself, I think that we should use the UK as a guide, being as they have allowed gay folks into their military since 2000 (and those soldiers have even served with our soldiers in the middle east).
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
If anything I think his focus right now is and should be on the economy and getting to office. I doubt he wants to stir up any fires on an issue like this when he already has the Democratic vote.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
this has always been a touchy situation. i think that the point here is that they are trying to do what's best for everyone's safety as well as keeping the focus on the task at hand. people shouldn't be made to feel like they aren't able to serve their country and know that their personal lives will be safe at the same timem. i think that its' really key for the candidates to reaffirm that everyone's side is being factored in, and that there will be ample protection. i do agree with what Geri said though - it's all about what sounds good at the moment though - and that he's making a point to voice his side now so he can backtrack later when things aren't necessarily in position to make any different changes. that's the way that politics are, and it's kind of funny since we are always hearing about how people change the side that they are supporting - even mid campaign.
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 8 years
While what he says makes sense, it was a "safe" answer. It seems like he's setting it up so that down the road he can be like "well, i wanted to overturn it, but its just going to be too much of a process, cost too much or the military officials just aren't into it.." so that it's all off of him.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I wonder what exactly he means by "process". I'm not trying to attack him specifically, but politicians always say inexact things like this that make it sound like they've got no real plan for how something is going to be done.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
I mean *lessen*
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