Retired Military Officers Call for Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

November 24, 2008
Category: Politics

In a word: WOW.  More than 100 retired generals and admirals called Monday for repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays so they can serve openly.

According to a statement obtained by The Associated Press, the generals reportedly said it was time for the United States to join other nations in allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. "Our service members are professionals who are able to work together effectively despite differences in race, gender, religion, and sexuality."

The Obama administration is not about to make the same mistake President Clinton made in 1993 and said that repealing "dont ask, don't tell" is not really on their immediate agenda. Aubrey Sarvis, of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said that Obama sees 2009 as being about "foundation building and reaching consensus."  See more on the Obama team's response here.

Sure Obama's lack of drive to send the dinosaur of "don't ask, don't tell" into extinction might -- on the surface -- be a tad disappointing but remember this: is it better to have a President rush into something, even if it might be the right thing, or approach it with skill and intelligence? "Don't ask, don't tell" is definitely on the way out, it's just Obama's considerable challenge to make its passing smooth and, most of all, lasting.

In the meantime, let's celebrate this VERY impressive list of military leaders who have made it clear that discrimination does not belong in the military.

You can read more on this story here.

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I am the current Vice President of the Gold Coast (Fort Lauderdale) Chapter of AVER (American Veterans for Equal Rights. Our primary goal is the defeat of "Don't Ask; Don't Tell." We are a national organization that is always looking for new members about the U.S. in our various chapters. We are having a National Conference of our group here in Fort Lauderdal from April 22nd to April 26th and would like to invite all veterans and their significant others to join us for this event. We will be having guest speakers, training sessions and fun! We need EVERY veterans help in defeating this unjust law.

I made it through 20 years, but it was not easy and I almost didn't make it to the 20! My twenty years prevented me from having any permanent relationship and talk me to go to Philadelphia or Frankfurt, Germany on weekends to the local gay bars and bath houses in Frankfurt! It has now been 14 years since I retired but have either not found or held off any true relationship...no lover/partner/companion!!! However, I just retired and am taking a trip on a cruise from 1 to 8 February, 2009. It will be on the Westerdam with Holland America out of here in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There will be a very large gay group going. It is geared towards Mature Gay Men and Gay Men who are interested in Mature Gay Men!!!! It is through MIM Travel: 1-866-749-7354. Hope to see you there.

End the ban on Gays and Lesbians in the military services!