President Obama may finally be within striking distance of keeping one of his most important and most often repeated promises: to end the discriminatory policy that bans homosexuals from openly serving in the military.
Yesterday both the Senate Armed Services Committee and the House of Representatives voted to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and today I received an email from Obama’s Organizing for America campaign asking me to sign on to voice my support for repealing the policy.
I get these things from OFA all the time and usually ignore them, but this one is worth putting my name to. If you support ending the bigoted ban on gays in the military, you can put your name to it, too.
Like the health care reforms passed earlier this year, the proposal being considered to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is frustratingly tentative, requiring that the ban not be ended until the Pentagon completes its study of the issue, which probably won’t be until December. But it’s still a concrete, positive step, one that’s long overdue, and one for which the president and the members of Congress who support it should be applauded.