What will President Obama say on don't ask don't tell?
White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod broke the news on CNN a little while ago: President Obama will call on Congress to repeal the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.
Word that Obama would address the wrong-headed "don't ask don't tell" policy leaked earlier this week. But the question is how different will his remarks tonight be from his forceful words at the gay pride celebration at the White House last June:
And finally, I want to say a word about "don't ask, don't tell." As I said before -- I'll say it again -- I believe "don't ask, don't tell" doesn't contribute to our national security. (Applause.) In fact, I believe preventing patriotic Americans from serving their country weakens our national security. (Applause.)
Or at the Human Rights Campaign dinner last October:
We are moving ahead on Don't Ask Don't Tell. (Applause.) We should not be punishing patriotic Americans who have stepped forward to serve this country. We should be celebrating their willingness to show such courage and selflessness on behalf of their fellow citizens, especially when we're fighting two wars. (Applause.)
We cannot afford to cut from our ranks people with the critical skills we need to fight any more than we can afford -- for our military's integrity -- to force those willing to do so into careers encumbered and compromised by having to live a lie. So I'm working with the Pentagon, its leadership, and the members of the House and Senate on ending this policy. Legislation has been introduced in the House to make this happen. I will end Don't Ask, Don't Tell. That's my commitment to you. (Applause.)
People lobby for months to get their pet project or issue mentioned in the State of the Union address. It's the clearest sign of support from the White House. That Obama will renew his call for Congress to end of don't ask don't tell before the nation is a remarkable moment gays and lesbians should savor.
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