March 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm EST | by Chris Johnson
Udall to keynote 'Don't Ask' event on Tuesday

Mark Udall (photo courtesy

One of the leading voices against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the U.S. Senate is set to speak this week on repealing the law at a liberal think-tank.

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) will speak at the Center for American Progress Action Fund on Tuesday at an event beginning at 11 am. He’s the keynote speaker at an event that urges swift action in overturning “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

“Now that the administration has called for an end to the policy, the change must be decided upon and implemented as quickly as possible,” the event advisory states. “In doing so, it is critical that the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ not be perceived as a complicated puzzle requiring complex solutions.”

Another panel of experts will highlight how lifting the ban should consist of “fairly limited and manageable administrative, bureaucratic, and legal changes,” according to the advisory.

Speakers on this panel will be Charles Robb, a former U.S. senator and governor of Virginia; Adm. John Hutson, dean and president of the Franklin Pierce Law Center; and Louis Caldera, a former Army secretary and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Lawrence Korb, another senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and longtime proponent of gays in the military, will moderate the discussion.

Organizers are asking those who are interested in participating to RSVP for the event here.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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