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October 15th, 2009
05:10 PM ET

President Promises to End "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

President Obama pledges to eliminate the controversial policy that prohibits openly gay people from serving in the U.S. military. CNN's Don Lemon discusses the president's commitments to gay rights with CNN Political Editor Mark Preston and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Peleti

    He has 3 years and a few weeks left to deliver on this promise. I'm hoping it's in within his first year of office.

    Like I said before on this subject. Who cares if they're gay or not. They're Americans. And they want to serve this country. Let them.

    October 15, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
  2. Robert Lake,MI

    Stupid idea!!!!!!!!!!!!! If I were a straight guy looking to go into the military I would have second thoughts! I served back in 88-92 and the dont ask dont tell worked just fine simply because straight guys dont want to have to put up with gay guys acting the part and the dont ask dont tell worked perfectly! Its not just here in the United States but world wide, the world doesnt except this nonsense and would take full advantage of it! Lets release all straight guys without prejudice from the military and hire only gays, what would become of the military?

    October 16, 2009 at 7:52 am |
  3. Marcus

    He could make an executive order to stop the policy now, then later on go through Congress to permanently repeal the policy. We need soldiers and according to your own reports they do not have enough soldiers to fight the wars we are currently in. There are plenty who will serve, but the only thing stopping them is that they are gay.

    October 16, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  4. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    The real question is the president going to open a can of worms that he cant put back in the can its bad enough now that you cant tell the differance between a man and a women the gays will want to wear a womans uniforme next while serving .

    October 16, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  5. Cherelle Rivera

    This is the dumbest thing I've heard all year. I don't think it matters if a person is gay or not! That's they're business and they're intitled to share it if they choose to. I feel things should just stay the way they are. We as in America already has conflict with other countries, we don't need conflict within our own military system.

    October 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  6. Dodie ~ California

    All of Europe, openly gay people are in the military with no problems.

    Why is the USA always behind the European countries and most other countries in the world???

    For being a "super power" we certainly come in last in every other area. Being Gay is Not contagious, they do not rape other men, women or children. The rapists are the heterosexual men. So why the big problem? Why make such a big deal over this?

    October 16, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  7. Marcus

    That's so ignorant. The uniforms are unisex to Michael Sr., so there even if someone was a transsexual they could not wear something different from everyone else. Plus, I know plenty of people who are gay now in the military. This policy only keeps people in the closet to appear to the outside world that there are not gay people in the military. Also, so they have a reason to kick people out that they do not agree with.

    October 16, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  8. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Marcus you evdently have never served in the armed forces I have and the dressd uniform comes in male and female attire the combat and work uniforms are the same why dont you go fight for your country and get the facts.

    October 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  9. Dodie ~ California

    The military is about protecting the USA, Not one's sexuality! We need to defocus off one's sexuality and place the focus back on the duties of the military!

    October 16, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  10. Mike

    I think it is wrong that we deny perfectly capable men and women admission into the military just because they are gay. If you can work affectively in the military and you want to, nobody should be able to stop you.

    October 16, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  11. Brenda

    Now is the time to end all discrimination against all people. It is just that simple.

    October 17, 2009 at 8:24 am |
  12. Irene Dixon

    What is the deal with this Richard Heene? When he realized the balloon had drifted off, he was kicking whatever had been under it on the ground. In fact he was behaving like a 6 year old, having a temper tantrum. No wonder the kid didn't want to come out of the attic.

    October 17, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  13. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    The military has to follow The Uniform Code Of Military Justice known as the UCMJ this code has been followed for 200 years thats whats wrong with our military now days every bodys trying to fix something thats not broke and if you think its broke because of the gay thing then you need join the armed forces and learn the reasons first hand.

    October 18, 2009 at 12:21 pm |