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Obama holding ‘preliminary talks’ on repealing military gay ban

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  1. They’ve changed their tune from it will definitely be repealed.

  2. we as a community -should not allow him to get off easily IF he is in fact changing his mind!

  3. jonnielondon 11 May 2009, 2:45pm

    Well, it’s about time already! Let’s get this show on the road, and expunge any dishonorable discharges to boot!

  4. Simon Murphy 11 May 2009, 4:27pm

    If he has not repealed this absurd ban by the next election I think they gay community should inform him quite clearly that they won’t vote for him again. He made a promise to repeal it but it looks like Mr Obama’s promises are non-binding now that he’s elected. Typically dishonest, weasel-like behaviour from a politician

  5. Simon Murphy 11 May 2009, 4:29pm

    By the way it is NOT a complicated issue to repeal the ban.

    Obama is just scared of alienating those christian weirdos who he’s trying to court but who will never allow him to repeal the ban. Just goes to show how little he seems to value his gay constituency (especially in light of his opposition to equality for gay relationships)

  6. Isa Kocher 11 May 2009, 4:30pm

    as an old queer, you would think i’d have gotten used to being used by straight guys when they needed you and thrown under the bus when they didn’t but it still hurts. he’s a heterosexist and he’ll seperate but equal us without KY and then blame us. that’s what heterosexists do. we’re here to be used.

  7. I think some people are being a little unfair to Obama. Give him some time to do what is clear to many as needing to be done. It is important that he goes about this in the best way possible to ensure that there isn’t a backlash against our community. The end of segragation in the army took years to fully repeal, so I think we really need to just be patient with this issue and Obama. I have faith in him and I think he will stand behind our rights.

  8. The reason the military will never repeal DADT is because they are a christian evangelical organization out to spread their version of the will of their God.

  9. Simon Murphy 11 May 2009, 7:00pm

    Sammy – people are not being unfair for criticising Obama. He made a clear pledge that he would repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell if he was elected. Now he is claiming it might never happen. That is unacceptable.

  10. First off people gain some prospective. Just over three months into his term and you want the world to be fixed. Second it is a complicated issue, it can’t be overturn with a snap of a finger. for the now US residents or citizens unless you have studied the U.S. government in college and school, how do know what it entails to overturn the ban. Just because you have fingers to type doesn’t mean you have a clue to what your typing about.

    I would rather have the economy fixed and his attention on that than have him distracted with this stupid ban on gays in the military. When the economy is better he can move his attention to other matters.

  11. Mihangel apYrs 12 May 2009, 10:52am

    eliminating injustice and inequality is not a luxury that we can get later.

    Firstly, he need merely detail to the defence secretary “do it”, so it does not take his valuable time.

    Secondly, what’s so complex: “DADT will be abolished now. Training, guidance as necessary will be provided. Troops and officers will deal with their gay/lesbian compatriots in exactly the same way as they deal with the gay/lesbian soldiers in the NATO alliance”

  12. Yes – even if they have the economy to focus on, there’s no need to talk about conducting ‘studies’, or to push the idea of ‘kicking that one down the road a bit’. It really angers the LGBT service people, to be let down like this, when only 4 months ago, Obama was being unequivocal about DADT’s repeal. People are right to be pissed off, these guys are laying their lives on the line and being treated like cattle. It’s a disgrace, and if any LGBT legislation should have had priority, it should have been this one.

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