Colorado senator wants repeal of gay ban

Colorado senator wants repeal of gay ban

There are 3 comments on the Marine Corps Times story from Oct 17, 2009, titled Colorado senator wants repeal of gay ban. In it, Marine Corps Times reports that:

Sen. Mark Udall said Friday he wants U.S. military chiefs to tell Congress in the next 30 days how they would handle a repeal of the nation's 'don't ask, don't tell' law that bars gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

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“Married as I can be!”

Since: Jun 07

Las Vegas

#1 Oct 17, 2009
"Obama acknowledged that some are growing impatient."

What is our president, British? I've never heard such a blatant understatement from an American.

I'm not against Obama. I voted for him. But yes, President Obama, I am getting "impatient."
Thank you Senator Udall

Charlotte, NC

#2 Oct 18, 2009
If more Senators would take Senator Udall's stance then maybe President Obama would take some action and keep his campaign promises.

San Pablo, CA

#3 Oct 18, 2009
This is from March 3, 2008

Legislation to repeal a law that bans lesbians and gays from serving openly in the military was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today.

The Military Readiness Enhancement Act will eliminate the current U.S. military policy, known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue, Don't Harass" (DADT). The policy prohibits anyone who "demonstrate(s) a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts" from serving in the military, but places limits on when the military can initiate an investigation into an servicemember's sexual orientation.

The percentage of Americans who believe that openly gay and lesbian servicemembers should be allowed to serve in the military has increased from 44 percent in 1993, when DADT was introduced, to 75 percent in 2009. More than 12,500 military servicemembers have been discharged under DADT, costing U.S. taxpayers more than a quarter billion dollars.

This is from July 30, 2009

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) said yesterday that he withdrew an amendment to a defense appropriations bill that would have weakened the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy because of “pressure” from the White House and some “congressional colleagues.” Hastings’ amendment would have prohibited “spending money to investigate or discharge members of the military who reveal they are homosexual or bisexual.”

So we have at least 2 bills in the House and soon 1 bill in the is clear that Obama's failure to act is what stands in the way of repealing DADT.

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