Wash. Post says it’s time to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

An editorial in today’s Washington Post continues the drumbeat for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:

SLOWLY BUT SURELY, the groundwork continues to be laid for the overdue demise of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” The latest move came on Dec. 22 when Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and 95 House colleagues sent a letter to the Pentagon requesting statistics on troops discharged for violating the wrong-headed ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military. They want everyone to see the effects of the policy on the military and the national defense. This has the added benefit of reminding Americans of the law’s absurdity.

The law is absurd. And, the fact that military personnel are still being discharged as we enter 2010 is beyond absurd.

The ball is in the President’s court. As the Post notes, Obama talks a good game on the repeal of DADT:

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) last month told the Advocate, a gay and lesbian newsmagazine, that a measure to overturn the ban is likely to be attached to the must-pass Defense Department budget authorization bill next year. “Military issues are always done as part of the overall authorization bill,” he said.

President Obama has been consistent in public speeches and in Oval Office meetings with Mr. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that he wants to end the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military. So do we and a majority of the American people. Gays and lesbians in the armed services should be able to help protect the country without fear or shame.

It’s time for action from the administration. The President needs to make it explicitly clear to Congress that he wants DADT repealed in the Defense authorization bill. That’s not a heavy lift for the White House. The President can lay it out in his budget message. On this one, Obama needs to lead.

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