Back in Your Court, Obama
With the Supreme Court's decision to not hear a challenge to the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, President Obama has been given a bit of a reprieve. Had the court rejected his administration's request not to hear the appeal, the man who has promised to do away with the nonsensical "don't ask don't tell" policy would have had to defend it before the High Court.
But while he has avoided that awkward scenario, Obama will have to do more than continue to make promises. Valuable gay troops, such as Arab linguist Lt. Daniel Choi, are getting the heave-ho. At a time when the United States is engaged in two wars, we can’t afford for men and women who want to serve their country to be drummed out because of who they are.
Since the Pentagon isn't ready to do away with the 16-year-old policy on its own, this is going to require leadership -- leadership that only Obama can provide. Would that he showed a sign he's willing to exert it.
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