Hot Topic (6/10): Gays in the Military - Don't ask, don't tell?
Do you think gays should be able to serve openly in the military?
What do you think of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy?
Supreme Court rejects challenge to 'don't ask, don't tell'
Associated Press - June 8, 2009
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court refused on Monday to hear a legal challenge to the 's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, a decision that allows the Obama administration to continue its slow, back-burner response to liberal activists who want gays to serve openly in the military.
During last year's campaign, President Barack Obama indicated that he supported eventually repealing the law, but he has made no specific move to do so since taking office in January. The White House has said it won't stop the military from dismissing gays and lesbians who admit their sexuality.
Democrats who control Congress also are not in a hurry to end the policy, which was made law in 1993. Easing the outright ban on gays in the military caused political trouble forand Democratic lawmakers that year, and Obama and his congressional allies want to avoid an issue that would roil the public just as they are seeking support for health care and other initiatives.
What are your thoughts?