Don't Ask, Don't Tell to be Repealed?
Representative Patrick Murphy (D-PA) the first Iraq war veteren elected to the House of Represenatives, is drumming up support for H.R. 1283, a bill that will repeal “don’t ask don’t tell”. Sponcered by Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA) and 150 cosponcers (includeing Murphy) he only needs 67 more votes to pass the house (217 votes are needed).
There has been a lot of backlash against Obama for not simply signing an executive order but but he has refused, but has promissed if congress will pass the bill he will sign it.
Personally I think Obama is right to insist on a bill through congress for this. We watched Bush sign excutive orders pretty much every week imposeing his will on the people of this country whether supported by public opinion or not. he has tarnished the (at least apperence of) legitamecy and Obama wants to make sure this bill is properly legislated through congress. This will make it pretty much bullet proof, should the next Republican administration decide to over turn it.
One thing that has really heartened me on this subject is the op-eds in “Stars and Stripes”, the military newpaper. Support to end “don’t ask don’t tell” out number the letters against change by more than three to one, and about half of them are from retirees. I do belive our young people are ready to put this down forever. They don’t care what someones sexual orentation is, they only care if their fellow solders can be depended on, and over and over again gay men and women who are serveing keep proveing they are just “one of the guys”.