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When asked if "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" should be repealed, President-elect Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs was blunt January 6.

"You don't hear a politician give a one word answer much, but it's yes."

SLDN is pleased that the incoming White House has been consistent in its commitment to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and will be working with the new president and Pentagon to overturn the law during the 111th Congress.

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alias in malaysia on March 04, 2009 at 06.31 am

Dear Pietrangelo,

I respect the tenacity and endurance you have in fighting for what you believe.

All the best

Lida Alias

Ropy Jackson in Grand Junction , CO on January 16, 2009 at 05.14 pm

Obama OKs open “gayness” in the US Military ? Look for an marked increase in friendly fire casualties !
Let the gays stay in the closets - where they belong—and .. oh yes ... lock the
closet doors !

Scotty on January 14, 2009 at 11.31 pm

The real key will be to get the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee to get on board with the repeal.  Obama obviously wants to repeal this, well, so did Bill Clinton. The Legislative branch will need to approve any bill before it goes to the President, as this is enshrined in Public Law.  So, 90% of the energies of SLDN should be on getting the Senate on board. 
Start with Sen. Ben Nelson (D.  Neb) as the chairman of the subcommittee on Military Personnel.
Lindsey Graham (R. SC) is a rational, but conservative Republican, but he might be open to persuasion.
So, to start things off with, who is going to introduce/sponsor the Military Readiness Enhancement Act in the Senate? What is the vote count so far? Rep Tauscher (D. Ca) plans to introduce it in the House, but what about the Senate?

James E. Pietrangelo, II in Cleveland, Ohio on January 13, 2009 at 11.56 am

BABH, I stand corrected.  Thanks for keeping the debate factually accurate (I was merely going off of SLDN’s own words, but I stand corrected anyway).  Nonetheless, my point—still valid—is, as you say yourself, that there is room for weaseling in the Obama camp statement.  I made my original comment not to nay-say SLDN particularly—indeed, I think SLDN is great and I owe them a debt of gratitude—but to try to get the Gay community to realize that it is fruitless to put our faith in Obama as SLDN continuously suggests.  Obama’s obviously slinging us along; you need only to look at his choice of Warren for the inauguration to see this.  These statements from the Obama camp are all talk.  The sooner the Gay community begins a full-blown civil-rights movement that will force society to give us equality, the sooner we will have equality.  We can’t wait a second longer—Gay people are actually suffering because of their second-class status.  One or two months—much less years—for a solution is unacceptable.  As head of SLDN Aubrey Sarvis holds a certain amount of influence that would help power a civil-rights movement.

BABH in Connecticut on January 12, 2009 at 03.54 pm

The actual wording of the question, James, was: “Is the new administration going to get rid of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy?”
See here at 4:17.
There is still some room for weaseling - When?  What will come in its place? How will it be implemented? - but that flat “yes” was pretty unequivocal as to Obama’s determination to do something.

James E. Pietrangelo, II in Cleveland, Ohio on January 12, 2009 at 12.24 pm

“Should be repealed” is the key to his answer.  It’s what called in the legal world an “aspirational statement,” meaning it has no binding effect or no certainty and is mere political cover.  It does not mean that President Obama “shall repeal DADT immediately.”  On January 20, 2009, Obama will have his chance to immediately take action towards getting rid of DADT.  If he doesn’t, which he won’t, then we know that this so-called “rare” “yes” answer was not so rare.

Benjamin in Oregon on January 12, 2009 at 02.19 am

I will believe it when I see it.