Don't Ask, Don't Tell
by Trey Rentz, Fri Sep 24, 2010 at 09:51:40 PM EDT
The spin against Obama is starting to get pretty thick. We know the Obama administration has been trying to get rid of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy that has been in the US Military regarding the LGBT Community and their contribution to the US Armed Forces. He wants the policy ended.
Granted, Obama spin doctored the same sex marriage thing in California - it really didn't matter what position he took, that was a state constitutionality issue there. He didn't really have a say in the process there anyway. You could say that was a low moment for him in terms of LGBT community relations.
But he's never opposed the LGBT and his position here was sound. So why, then is a CNN Article written that states it is a setback to his administration, that a Federal Judge upheld the unconstitutionality of the policy. Here's the quote, before they edit it in place and online - and the source
A federal judge has ordered the reinstatement of an openly lesbian former Air Force major who was dismissed from the military under the government's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
Judge Ronald Leighton of Tacoma, Washington, made his ruling Friday. It is the latest legal and political setback for the Obama administration
And then, a few para's later the same article states :
President Barack Obama is pushing for a repeal of the controversial policy.
How then, is it a setback for the Obama administration that the policy he opposes, is being ruled unconstitutional? I would argue this is far from a setback for a president and a country that is getting tired of the staid , conservative policies that take war heroes out of the service just before their retirement is due.
It doesn't make sense, to me. A president that clearly respects the LGBT and is working to establish a broader basis of respect and recognition for them, within our Armed Forces - should not be seen as having been dealt a setback, when that policy is ruled unconstitutional. Did I miss something?
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