Obama Will Go Slow On Gay Issues

Barack Obama inherits an economy that is slowly sinking, severe problems in Afghanistan and with Pakistan which makes most unlikely he will take the gay armed forces issue head on. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network which supports gay rights expects Obama to work slowly on this issue. As far as the Network is concerned, they are quite willing to “get it done in the next Congress.” The recent announcement by over a 100 retired generals and admirals urging acceptance of gay members of the military will help in persuading top level leaders to change the infamous, “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

The best policy for Obama is to ask the Joint Chiefs of Staff to study the issue and give him a recommendation. This most likely would lead to a repeal and it would sail through Congress if it was based on a Joint Chiefs recommendation.

  • Nelson Van Eck

    I agree with moving slowly on the decision to make changes to the current policy. It should be fully studied before any knee jerk changes are made. I have experience as a military prosecutor and defense counsel and my personal opinion (not an official position) is that the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy works fairly well and one has to ask whether the age old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies.