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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Addressed in Congress (and on Pennsylvania Ave.)

March 2, 2009

Politico reports that Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher (D-Calif.) will be introducing legislation to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  This seems especially encouraging in light of a protest at the White House today by GW students in light of the expulsion of a GW freshman who was kicked out of NROTC for being gay.

I was, admittedly, someone who didn’t think Obama should address this on day one out of fear of falling into the trap that Clinton did in his first days.  While I do think this is a very different time (as polling indicates), I think that there are more pressing issues (like an imploding economy which would hurt millions of gay and straight Americans) that are less likely to increase play perfectly into Republican’s efforts to re-energize their fundamentalist base.  It is exciting however to see someone in Congress taking the lead.  If justice is done and Obama can sign this without spending political capital, all the better for the country.  And while I would have preferred (and been incredibly moved) if he’d taken this stand first, but I can appreciate the realities facing him.  I just hope that Rep. Tauscher finds the support among her colleagues that she deserves.  If she doesn’t, it’s time for Obama to step up and take the lead.

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