Saturday, August 08, 2009

Obama Faces Dilemma Over Gays In Military

Barry Artiste Op/Ed

One would think this would be put on the backburner, but I guess old habits die hard, much like the troops fighting over there, when valuable resources are badly needed to save lives.  Gay or not, they are there to do a job, Period! And it seems Gay Soldiers do it just as well as Straight soldier.

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2:47pm UK, Saturday August 08, 2009

Robert Nisbet, US correspndent

America's leading gay magazine has accused Barack Obama of failing to deliver on promises to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the US military.

The US army is traditionally thought to be conservative The Advocate said there has been a lack of action by the White House on equality and accused the Obama administration of reneging on a vow to repeal the so-called 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy introduced by Bill Clinton in 1993.

That compromise, which drew flak from both sides of the debate, allowed homosexuals to join the armed services as long as they kept their orientation secret. Since it was introduced, nearly 13,000 people have been discharged, including Alex Nicholson, who was highly prized in his unit for his skills as an Arabic translator. "They read me my rights and proceeded from there to discharge me," he told Sky News.

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