Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Moratorium

Gillibrand ChoiThe people pictured here are New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Lt. Dan Choi.

Lt. Dan Choi, an Arab linguist who graduated from West Point is slated to become the latest service member to lose his job because of the DADT policy. Choi, who served for 15 months in Iraq, has helped make the ban on gays a front-and-center issue. Once his discharge becomes official, he’ll become the 266th service member to be kicked out since Obama took office.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is considering bringing the battle over “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to the Senate this week, by introducing an amendment that would put an 18-month moratorium on the discharge of gays serving in the military.

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5 responses to “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Moratorium

  1. Bad Biker

    DA, DT and DOMA were serious blots on Bill Clinton’s legacy and they need to be repealed now – no questions asked.

    I am generally happy with President Obama, but his foot dragging on these issues give me pause.

  2. President Obama has said IF he were to make some change by Executive Order (or whatever would be the proper term) the next president could overturn that in a heartbeat. He wants legislative action.

    Is that just an excuse? Could be.

    I, too, am very disappointed! There is no good reason for either law!

  3. What kills me is how the military in order to meet recruitment quotas deliberately lowered the recruitment standards to allow people with criminal records, psychiatric problems and right wing extremist affiliations to join, but a whole other segment of society, gays and lesbians, is told it has no place in the military, that the military doesn’t value its service. There’s just no good, sound rationale for not allowing gay men and women to serve their country with the same honor and opportunities that we straights enjoy.

  4. fif

    Gillibrand was my district rep, and I am very proud of her unambiguous support for gay rights and Lt. Choi. It’s one thing to talk about it, but she is literally putting her face on the issue by standing shoulder to shoulder with him. Thank you Senator!

  5. Hi fif!

    I agree!

    I was also proud of her today when she was introducing Judge Sotomayor. I hadn’t known of your rep before but I sure feel good about having her in Congress!

    Here in Kansas we don’t have anyone I can say I’m proud of. đŸ˜¦

    Come visit often and stay as long as you want!