Friday, March 26, 2010

Reactions to Gates' DADT Announcement

"At the end of the day, there remain major problems with the Obama Rule, mainly that "don't ask, don't tell" still exists, something which President Obama could work harder to change by putting repeal into the Defense Authorization Bill. Meanwhile, service members are still at risk of being fired every day for something that has nothing to do with military capability. Even in the new regs, much of the old language of "propensities" and "fact-finding inquires" that stinks of 17th-century Salem, and that has made this policy so odious and so impossible to enforce consistently, still exists, and so there will still be problems as a result."

-- Nathaniel Frank of the Palm Center

“This looks like a good step forward on the administration’s promise to end discrimination against gays in the military.  My only question is, What took them so long?”

--Richard Socarides, special assistant for gay rights issues under Bill Clinton

“The regulatory changes announced today are another major step forward in making the 1993 ban less draconian.”

--Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

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