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  • Obama Loves the Gays!: Wants 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repealed

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Barack Obama says if elected president he won't require that his appointees to the Joint Chiefs of Staff support allowing gays to serve openly in the military.

    Sen. Barack Obama said Thursday a repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' is possible if he's elected.

    The Democratic presidential front-runner told The Advocate, a gay magazine, that he wants to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays, which was instituted during the Clinton administration.

    He said his priority for the Joint Chiefs will be that they make decisions to strengthen the military and keep the country safe, not their position on the policy.

    "I would never make this a litmus test for the Joint Chiefs of Staff," Obama said in an interview with The Advocate.

    "But I think there's increasing recognition within the Armed Forces that this is a counterproductive strategy," he said. Video Watch more of Obama's stance on Iraq »

    "We're spending large sums of money to kick highly qualified gays or lesbians out of our military, some of whom possess specialties like Arab-language capabilities that we desperately need. That doesn't make us more safe."

    The Advocate provided The Associated Press with excerpts of the interview, posted on its Web site Thursday.

    The interview comes after Obama was criticized by gay advocates for not speaking to the gay media.

    The Philadelphia Gay News last week ran a large blank space on its front page next to an interview with Sen. Hillary Clinton to highlight that he did not talk to the publication.

    "The gay press may feel like I'm not giving them enough love, but basically all press feels that way at all times," Obama told The Advocate.

    He said he's frequently spoken out against homophobia and in support of gay rights.

    Asked what he could reasonably accomplish for the gay community as president, Obama said he can "reasonably see" repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy as well as signing legislation to ban workplace discrimination against gays.
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    He said he'd like transgendered people to be covered by the law, but thinks it would be tough to get such legislation through Congress.

    Obama also said he's interested in ensuring that same-sex couples in civil unions get federal benefits.
    Moon

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    One think about Obama...he nevers fails to do the right thing, even when it's a dumb thing.
    "There is an old saying that goes 'no matter how good you are, there is always someone better.' That someone is me." - Chiun

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    • #3
      i'm confused...he says its a counter-productive policy...meaning keep the queers out..

      then he says we need smart queers who speak arabic..



      ???????????????????????????

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      • #4
        There goes the Christian Right vote. Good job Obama

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Argon View Post
          i'm confused...he says its a counter-productive policy...meaning keep the queers out..

          then he says we need smart queers who speak arabic..



          ???????????????????????????
          No, it's counter-productive to keep them out, as many of them have the mad language skills that we need in the military.

          Moon

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Moon Man View Post
            No, it's counter-productive to keep them out, as many of them have the mad language skills that we need in the military.

            Moon

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            We might need someone to speak Prada or Hussein (you see Hot Shots?)....
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