Uruguay lifting military ban on gays. Why hasn't Obama done it here? [video]

Posted by JD Uy
May 14, 2009 1:04 AM |

From Huffington Post:

''The defense ministry confirms that Minister Jose Bayardi has signed a decree lifting the ban imposed by the 1973-85 military dictatorship. The army said Wednesday it has received the decree, which has yet to be signed by President Tabare Vazquez.''

''To get fundamental reform in this instance requires a legislative vehicle.... The president made a promise to change this policy; he will work with the Joints Chiefs of Staff, the administration and with Congress to ensure that we have a policy that works for our national interests.''

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs explaining where the process stands of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, a/k/a the policy that bans gays from serving openly in the military. President Obama made a campaign promise to get the ban repealed but it's not clear what significant actions, if any, has taken place to move toward the end of this institutionalized policy that openly discriminates against gay men and women in the Armed Services. (CBS News)

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