Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ruling on military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy adds to gay rights momentum

Los Angeles Times
September 10, 2010

A ruling by a federal judge in California declaring the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy unconstitutional adds to growing momentum to end the nation's ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, and the only question may be whether Congress or the courts makes the decision.

In May, the House voted to repeal the ban, as did the Senate Armed Services Committee, and President Obama said he looked forward to signing a bill repealing the ban. "This legislation will make our armed forces even stronger and more inclusive by allowing gay and lesbian soldiers to serve honestly and with integrity," he said.

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called the repeal "the right thing to do."