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What was said about don't ask don't tell

It was supposed to be just one line in the remarks prepared for delivery. "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." But President Obama added this: "It's the right thing to do."

Indeed it is.

Now it's up to Congress to heed Obama's call. There will be a hearing on this in the Senate Armed Services Committee next month. Over in the House, Rep. Patrick J. Murphy (D-Pa.) now has 187 sponsors on a bill that would abolish don't ask don't tell. He needs just 31 more colleagues to cross the 218 threshold for passage. Once he does that, the reversal of the 16-year-old statute that has deprived the United States of able soldiers who want nothing more than to serve their country will officially get underway.

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 27, 2010; 11:55 PM ET
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Posted by: MAJUSMCRET | January 28, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Lets spend our time and efforts on recovering the DISASTER the economy is in and not worry about a bunch of pansies.
The queer comunity deserve NO rights all.

Posted by: movette | January 28, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

I hope Congress does finally repeal it, because it is, in fact, "the right thing to do."

Posted by: 1toughlady | January 28, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I cannot think of a single issue more important or compelling to the entire country right now than the question of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the military.

Not a single issue...

Posted by: pgould1 | January 28, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

To Movette:

Queers? Pansies? Deserving no rights at all? You must be a miserable, hateful, and bigoted person who has zero self esteem to write such an abusive comment about human beings that are different than you.

These people want to fight for our lives and you are stooping so low to write this?
You can judge yourself when you are on the front lines fighting the war.

And I bet you go to church every Sunday, listen to Glen Beck and watch Fox news. I don't think that God will have mercy on your wretched soul.

Posted by: gfaigen | January 28, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

66,000 of those "pansies" and "queers" are serving in the military honorably. Shame on you.

Posted by: adlynn24 | January 28, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

sure - as long as you're total agenda is in disarray, might as well throw gays over the cliff, too...

Posted by: mtumbadjibouti | January 28, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

As Barry Goldwater said "As long as they can shoot straight"

Posted by: MerrillFrank | January 28, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

don't drop the soap in the shower

Posted by: charlietuna666 | January 28, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

The bigotry and ignorance displayed in many comments is appalling...wake up, is 2010 and over 10% of our population is gay. Get used to it.

Name calling shows the stupidity of the writer.

Posted by: BarbarainPalmSprings | January 28, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

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