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Gates ponders easing ‘DADT’ enforcement

It appears that there are some efforts from Bush holdover Defense Secretary Robert Gates to ease the enforcement of DADT.  But it appears the only thing they can really think of doing since the law was so specific is make a determination based on how the servicemember was outed.  From RawStory:

The Pentagon boss said he discussed the issue last week with US President Barack Obama and that there also has been discussion among senior military and legal counsel about possible changes in how they apply the law, which he described as “very restrictive.”

“We're talking about how do we move forward on this, achieve this objective which is changing the policy.”

Gates added: “What I discovered when I got into it was it's a very restrictive law. It doesn't leave much to the imagination, or a lot of flexibility.”

The defense secretary said one possible modification might be consider the circumstances under which a service member is “outed” in determining whether or not he or she must leave the military.

Gates offered as an example “when we're given information from someone with vengeance in mind or blackmail, somebody who has been jilted.

“If somebody is outed by a third party, does that force us to take action?” he said.

“That's the kind of thing we're looking at — seeing if there's a more humane way to apply the law until it gets changed.”

Here's the deal folks.  I'm starting to think that Obama has a strategy that's working.  By his silence on our issues (with the exception of yesterday's WH presser) he is building up the ire of our community and making us more visible, more vocal, and putting our issues in the media spotlight, and not in a negative way.  Part of his strategy as I can tell is to have us make him and the Congress do their jobs.

Essentially I'm saying this.  Don't scramble for the crumbs thrown to us, and instead as the Dallas Principles state, demand unequivocally full equality from our Congressmen and women and our President.  This is the only way we will progress.

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