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October, 1st 2009

Time for it to go...

– Liz Mair

The NY Times notes that "an article in an official military journal argues forcefully for repealing the 'don’t ask, don’t tell' law, which requires homosexuals in the services to keep their sexual orientation secret," calling the journal a "rare source of attack on 'Don't Ask Don't Tell.'"

I'll say.  Apparently, the article was reviewed by the office of Admiral Mike Mullen (you know, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) and made it through.

Is this a sign that the military could be moving towards a public change of stance that would signal more ambivalence about, and less opposition to, gays and lesbians openly serving?  I guess it's possible.  The Times says the article "may well signal a shift in the official winds."

Here's hoping.  The Obama administration has been pretty clear in expressing that it does not wish to press the issue without the military at least visibly softening its position on DADT ahead of pushing for repeal, if not outright giving repeal the thumbs-up.  Will this begin to give them cover to actually begin acting on a key campaign pledge, as opposed to merely paying lip service to it?  We'll see. [intro]

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