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Pentagon leaders back ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal
But new Defense Dept.study could delay policychange by a year
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@dcagenda.com
Top Pentagon leaders announcedTuesday their support for allowinggays, lesbians and bisexuals to serveopenly in the U.S. military whileunveiling new plans for a workinggroup that will examine the impact ofsuch a change in the armed forces.Defense Secretary Robert Gatesand Chairman of the Joint Chiefs ofStaff Adm. Michael Mullen made theremarks in the first Senate hearing in17 years dedicated to the issue ofgays in the military.Mullen told the Senate ArmedServices Committee that he favorsallowing gays to serve openly as amatter of fairness for those who areserving in the armed forces.“Speaking for myself, and myselfonly, it is my personal belief thatallowing gays and lesbians to serveopenly is the right thing to do,” Mullensaid. “No matter how I look at thisissue, I cannot escape … the factthat we have in place a policy thatforces young men and women to lieabout who they are in order to defendtheir fellow citizens.”Gates similarly expressed supportfor ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” notingPresident Obama last week restatedhis commitment to repealing the law inhis State of the Union address.“I fully support the president’sdecision,” he said. “The questionbefore us is not whether the militarydecides to makes this change, buthow we best prepare for it. We havereceived our orders from the com-mander-in-chief and we are movingout accordingly.”
‘Are we modern orare we medieval?’
By KAREN OCAMBSpecial to DC Agenda
Everyone packed into U.S. DistrictCourt Judge Vaughn Walker’s court-room in San Francisco on Jan. 11 knewthey were watching history.On one side of the court sat lawyersTed Olson and David Boies, partisanfoes in Bush v. Gore. Now the straightpair pledged to prove that same-sexcouples deserved the fundamentalright to marry. For them, the meaning ofthe U.S. Constitution is at stake.On the other side sat Republicanattorney Charles Cooper and a handfulof supporting lawyers. It was what somemight consider a strange sight. After thepassage of Proposition 8 in California,the loss of same-sex marriage in Maine,New York and New Jersey and the gloat-ing by ProtectMarriage affiliates such asthe National Organization for Marriage,the anti-gay forces looked weak. In fact,throughout the trial, they portrayed them-selves as David fighting Goliath.Retired philosophy professorLinda Hirshman, reporting for TheDaily Beast web site, pronounced thematchup a modern day Scopes trial.“In the confrontation between anirrefutable religious standard and aworldly empirical survey, the chal-lenge to California’s prohibition ongay marriage reveals a fissure thatruns throughout American history:
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm.
said ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ should be overturned because ‘allowing gaysand lesbians to serve openly is the right thing to do.’
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
stuns audience with homophobicoutburst at hearing.
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arguedforcefully that same-sex couples are enti-tled to a fundamental right to marry.
Photo by Diana Walker; courtesy ofAmerican Foundation for Equal Rights
Prop 8 trial spotlightsclash of cultures