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Now It’s Confirmed: President-Elect Obama to End Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy

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Just last month I wrote a post relating what we can expect from President-Elect Obama on Same-Sex Marriage and Homosexuality in 2009 (click here for the post).  When specifically addressing his position on sexual orientation and gender identity, we learned that President-Elect Obama vowed, that ”as president, I will place the weight of my administration behind the enactment of the Matthew Shepard Act to outlaw hate crimes and a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act to outlaw workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity” (Equality is a Moral Imperative). 

When hate crime legislation is expanded to cover a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity there were five issues that I addressed which would be impacted by this expansion.  One of the five was the removal of the Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. 

Lo and behold when getting home tonight, I discovered via that President-Elect Obama is to end the Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

In responding to a live audience via, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs responded simply “Yes” to whether or not the new administration was going to get rid of the “don’t ask, don’t tell policy?

In concluding the previously mentioned article from Fox News, we read:

The gay community is eager for a quick repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” but fears it could be months before the new administration reaches a consensus with lawmakers and the military.  Others think Obama could do it quickly, but is leery of the kind of fallout Bill Clinton faced when he tackled the divisive issue.

At this time it is not important to elaborate on the incoming administrations time table in overturning this policy.  What is important is to know that President-Elect Obama is following through on his previous promises, which unfortunately leads me to believe that he will follow through on other previous vows as well. 

To better understand what these promises are I refer you to the first article that I mentioned above – What to Expect from President-Elect Obama on Same-Sex Marriage and Homosexuality in 2009 – as well as my article entitled, President-Elect Obama and the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA).

What you can do

As a fellow citizen of our great country who is equally concerned about these issues, we encourage you to first and foremost pray.  Pray for our future President and other leaders within his administration.  Pray to God in the name of Jesus Christ that he and others will lead us according to the wisdom of God as revealed in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament. 

Regardless if you are living in West Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, or California, contact your local State Senators and Delegates via phone, e-mail, and face-to-face visits to not only inform them of your concerns, but to encourage them in the public service that they provide. 

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Written by Jesse Wisnewski

January 15, 2009 at 2:15 am

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