November 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm EDT | by Kevin Naff
Obama reiterates need for ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal

President Obama today acknowledged that time remains to “potentially” repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” during the upcoming lame duck session of Congress.

Answering a reporter’s question during his nationally televised news conference, Obama reiterated his support for repeal and noted that, “an overwhelming majority of Americans feel the same way.”

He referenced the Pentagon Working Group study of repeal that is due Dec. 1 that will reveal results of surveys taken of service members and their families regarding their views of the law.

“I will look at it very carefully,” Obama said. “That will give us time to act, potentially during the lame duck session, to change this policy.”

He also referenced the Log Cabin Republicans’ lawsuit challenging the law.

“Something that would be very disruptive to good order and discipline and unit cohesion is if we’ve got this issue bouncing around in the courts … where the Pentagon and chain of command doesn’t know what rules they’re working under. We need to provide certainty.”

He concluded his remarks on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” by saying repeal should not be “a partisan issue.”

Kevin Naff is the editor and a co-owner of the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest and most acclaimed LGBT news publication, founded in 1969.

  • Of course its a partisan issue, McCain has already said he will filibuster it. If Obama still thinks, after yesterday’s trouncing of progressive politics, that he can get congress to pass a DADT repeal, then he must be living on a different planet. The court system is now the only hope for advancement of LGBT rights, except, wait, Obama’s constitutional lawyer alter-ego thinks defending the policy in court is a good idea. Say goodbye to DADT repeal anytime in the next decade, I am afraid.

  • Obama is completely sincere when he says this. You can see the sincerity written all over both of his faces.

  • We don’t have 60 votes in the US Senate and I’m very sorry about this part, but Obama doesn’t have a “magic-wand.” Really, he doesn’t.

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