Before and after his election, President Barack Obama said that he would work to allow gays to serve openly in the military by overturning the controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Still, the Obama team declined to elaborate on a timetable.
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When will Obama End Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy?

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When asked about repealing the military "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy during a YouTube interview with the general public, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs answered with and politically uncharacteristic and unequivocal one word pronouncement: "Yes."

Before and after his election, President Barack Obama said that he would work to allow gays to serve openly in the military by overturning the controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Still, the Obama team declined to elaborate on a timetable for repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a policy which was enacted by former President Clinton during his first days in office.

"Don't ask, Don't tell" was the compromise-policy on the Clinton initiative to overturn the longstanding ban on gays in the military. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" made it illegal for commanders to ask about the sexual orientation of military service members. Servicemembers were also barred from stating their homosexuality.

If found to be gay, military servicemembers can still be discharged from military service.

Obama has openly opposed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Last summer, he told a gay magazine he can "reasonably" see it being repealed.

The gay military community is eager for a quick repeal of "Don't ask, Don't tell," but it could still be months before the new administration reaches a consensus with lawmakers and the military.

At Military Hub, we will keep you current about the status of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" during President Obama's term.



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