October 13th, 2009
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Levin claims that other Western countries have lifted their bans

Sen. Levin says other Western countries have ended their ''don't ask, don't tell'' policies.

Sen. Levin says other Western countries have ended their ''don't ask, don't tell'' policies.

President Barack Obama has repeatedly said that he plans to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" rule, which prevents openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the military.

But so far, no go.

"Meet the Press" host David Gregory asked Michigan Democrat Carl Levin, who chairs the Senate's Armed Services Committee, whether Obama would follow through on his promise.

"I think he, he will and he can," Levin said on the Oct. 11, 2009, episode. "I think it has to be done in the, in the right way, which is to get a buy-in from the military, which I think is now possible. Other militaries in the West, the British and other Western armies, have ended this discriminatory policy. We can do it successfully."

The Truth-O-Meter says: TRUE


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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Dan, TX

    Christians, Jews, and Muslims should not be allowed in the military. Their God has a commandment "THOU SHALT NOT KILL". We can't trust them to follow orders and kill the enemy when that is against their religion. NO more religious people in the military.

    October 13, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Shucks

    I think we sould all pray on it. LOL

    October 13, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Farrell in Houston

    Ban all people from the military who dip snuff and chew tobacco because it too is a sin.

    October 13, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Jim in San Mateo

    I have to laugh at the military and this policy. The get rid of gays, who make a up a sizable percentage of foreign language speakers and then have to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars and multiple years training soldiers to replace them. If that isn't Military Intelligence, I don't know what is.

    October 13, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. dave/michigan

    I spent 10 years in the military and don't have a problem with this law changing. Changing this law to allow gays would eliminate an excuse used by a lot of them to get out of their enlistment because they don't like the military.

    October 13, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Just an Average Joe

    It was a good policy at the time it was implemented. But even Bill Clinton now says he would repeal it because the tide has shifted away from bigotry and more towards mainstream acceptance of homosexuality.

    When it was implemented, it was necessary, now it is not.

    All of you Dem/Repub finger pointers calm down already.

    October 13, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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