Washington (CNN) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to unveil the Pentagon's plan for rolling back the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gay and lesbian service members on Tuesday.
During last week's State of the Union address, President Obama made clear he wanted a change.
"This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are," he said, to a healthy round of partisan applause.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff sat stone-faced as the president made the announcement and have been quiet on the matter since the State of the Union speech.
drip.... drip... drip...drip....just another sad day for america,,, drip ,,, drip,, drip,,, how low will america go,,, drip drip,,drip,,,
Gays are already in he military. Thus "dont ask dont tell" Just be a soldier ! But with this you create a special group . They will not be held to equal standards for fear of being labled and denied promotion . Everything a staight soldier will say or do will be watched and interpreted . The military will again be screwed.
This will lead to many "straight" military members leaving voluntary military service. Will that require the draft to be reinstated?
If GAYS can vote and pay taxes – they should be able to serve in the military!!
It would probably be TOUGH at first until someone GAY saves a whole platoon. As a result, a true story movie would be made of the event and at that time, people would realize that ALL MEN are created equal!!!
Besides, what difference does it make? They were allowed to serve before as long as they did not TELL!!!!
why does anyone, have to or need to know , who's gay?
The only ones who want gays in the military are people who have never served in the military. The Joint Chiefs obviously do not support this as was evidenced by their expressions at nobamas state of the union, which by the way he did not address. The state of the union is actually in a mess since nobama took office.
Yes, it is about time for President Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell" to end. Anyone regarless of orientation, gender, religion or race should be allowed to serve their country...as long as they do not expect special privledges....
It's about time.
I'm glad I'm not in the military now. I do believe that gays have a right too serve in the military–the DOD should not pry into people's private lives and not discharge them. However this is going to create a nighmare of logistical and legal issues. You can now have 2 men or women who are involved living in a dorm room as a couple. But you cannot have a man and a woman living in a dorm room as a couple (under current housing rules). Then comes the issue of base housing. ...if the same sex couple gets married will they be entitled to base housing?? If a same sex couple gets married will the military accept this and allow paperwork to be introduced to protect spousal rights? What if a troop is uncomfortable living with a gay roommate do you article 15 a kid for that?? Glad I am not a 1st Sgt now.
How 'bout a plan to find out if we have more Islamic terrorists, like that Ft. Hood killer, in our military, Mr. Gates?
How 'bout disclosure of the failures that led to Ft. Hood, Mr. Gates?
Seems a better thing for you to do than argue over settled law.
No need to do anything, just let it die a silent death. And make it known to the Command that the Inspector General will be involved to insure that only appropriate actions are taken and that actions taken or individuals targeted for action for no other reasons than an individuals sexual leaning will be deal with harshly.
Well this should be interesting to see how this unfold's. I really dont care if someone is gay, bi or striaght. Your sexual preference is and should be your right as an American. Why, because we are free for now.
But not everyone sees things like that and I really worry that a buuba with a gun in his hand during a gun fight over seas my do something stupid and there are people like that. It is a shame but a true reality.
2010/2012 REAL Change is coming
Congratulations to our President for standing up to equal rights for all Americans!
It's about time and does it really matter?
With the budget eliminating money for the NASA space program and turning it over to free enterprise, the military will probably go the same direction with the fututre employment of mercenaries provided by free enterprise. Kind of like turning the clock back to the 16th century, eh. Look at the money we can save by not having an Air Force or Army or those pesky Marines. It is all overhead, so why keep any of it?
I seem to recall about fourty years ago, the space program was sold to us as something that would change the future. Will free enterprise have the same long range goals that our government has had to use those gains to protect Americans? Will they do it with the same amount of energy? I kind of doubt it.
Since right wingnut chicken hawks are unwilling to serve in the military, we should accept those qualified men and women who want to serve. It is time for the military to be run as something other than an exclusive club.
It's about time. We've lost so many good soldiers to this policy and people's ignorance. And to those in the military who say they don't want to serve alongside these Americans – then you obviously aren't a true patriot fighting for the right reasons. You're a neurotic d-bag is what you are.
Good. The time has come to end it.
Finally! A step in the right direction. I know I don't have the courage to stand in harms way for this country so I applaud anyone who does..no matter what.
The Pentagon will spend the entire summer inventing a new wheel to deal with this issue. All they have to do is get it done now. On the other hand, they do have their plates full in dealing with some ignorant men who have never known a gay person personally and fear them like they fear another person the church made up – Satan. All they know is what the church propaganda machine has been spewing out for as long as anyone can remember. Real men would not go ballistic and postal if another man winked at them. Real men would be flattered, but tell the guy to move on.