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Editorials call for the repeal of DADT

There have been several newspaper editorials in the past week calling for the repeal of the ludicrous Clinton-era slap in the face of gays and lesbians in the military, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”

The good folks at Servicemembers Legal Defense Network pass on the news, bolstering the belief that the country is ready, and that it’s only the bigots in the military and Congress dragging its feet at this point.

Newspapers editorial boards across the country are calling for repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law banning lesbian, gay, and bisexual personnel. This morning’s USA Today calls the ban “archaic and hurtful” and calls on Congress to “do what it ought to do and repeal the ban.” Editorials calling for repeal have also appeared this week in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Oregonian and smaller publications such as The Republican and The Berkshire Eagle in Massachusetts.

…Congressman Marty Meehan (D-MA) has introduced The Military Readiness Enhancement Act (H.R. 1059), a Congressional bill to repeal the law. A bi-partisan coalition of 110 Members of Congress now support the bill.

“When this issue comes up, members who believe that gays shouldn’t be in the military are now more hesitant to voice their opinion. Many of us who feel the other way have come out of the closet, so to speak,” Congressman Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD), a supporter of the bill, told The Washington Post.

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