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    Exclamation Obama to End: "Don't Ask. Don't Tell."

    WASHINGTON President-elect Barack Obama will allow gays to serve openly in the military by overturning the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy that marred President Clinton's first days in office, according to incoming White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

    The startling pronouncement, which could re-open a dormant battle in the culture wars and distract from other elements of Obama's agenda, came during a Gibbs exchange with members of the public who sent in questions that were answered on YouTube.

    "Thadeus of Lansing, Mich., asks, 'Is the new administration going to get rid of the "don't ask, don't tell policy?'" said Gibbs, looking into the camera. "Thadeus, you don't hear a politician give a one-word answer much. But it's, 'Yes.'"

    The Obama transition team declined to elaborate on that one-word answer when asked by FOX News on Wednesday about a timetable for repealing the policy, which was enacted by Clinton after a protracted public debate. Obama officials also would not explain which lawmakers or Pentagon officials would attempt to repeal "don't ask, don't tell."

    Clinton, who initially sought to overturn the longstanding ban on gays in the military, ended up enacting the "don't ask, don't tell" policy as a compromise that made it illegal for commanders to ask about the sexual orientation of service members, who were also barred from announcing they were homosexual. If a service member's homosexuality becomes known anyway, he or she is expelled.

    Clinton is widely viewed as having stumbled during his first days in office by getting caught up in the raging controversy, which detracted from the rest of his agenda. It is not yet clear whether Obama would face a similar debacle.

    For years, Obama has said he generally opposes the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Last summer, he told a gay magazine he can "reasonbably" see it being repealed. But that was a far cry from Gibbs' unequivocal promise that the policy will indeed be ended.

    The gay community is eager for a quick repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," but fears it could be months before the new administration reaches a consensus with lawmakers and the military. Others think Obama could do it quickly, but is leery of the kind of fallout Bill Clinton faced when he tackled the divisive issue.

    FOXNews.com - Obama to End Military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News


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    Obama later announced it will be replaced by the new "Don't drop the soap" policy.
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    Blanket parties are more fun anyway, right? There was a certain peace with that policy.

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    Hold on to your hats boys. Change is approaching. Don't worry, the inevitable progress will unfold in the next 10 years. Gays will be given even more rights. You can stop fretting by getting use to it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01011010 View Post
    Hold on to your hats boys. Change is approaching. Don't worry, the inevitable progress will unfold in the next 10 years. Gays will be given even more rights. You can stop fretting by getting use to it now.
    Oh, you can change the rules, but you can't make Joe Army like it.

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    taking a shower next to a gay guy, is like taking a shower next to a hetero girl, from the gay guys perspective.

    I wonder if gay guys break up with their bf's and threaten " IM GONNA JOIN THE ARMY AND FIND A LOVER BETTER THAN YOU!"

    lolz

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    Why would gays want to join the army ? That's as absurd to gays wanting to get married.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nihilen View Post
    Why would gays want to join the army ? That's as absurd to gays wanting to get married.
    ah i can understand why gays would wanna marry

    but yeah, i don't get why they would want to join the army.

    i mean, how can they want to die for the guy next to them, if he's not giving him some in the butt? i mean, won't they view every guy as a potential butthole?

    its like a guy wanting to die for a girl. how can a guy wanna die for a girl unless they are at least romantic partners?

    also, if they are already getting some in the butt, won't their partner pretty much view them joining the army as "i wanna break up with you and find me a big husky nebraska boy in the army!"

    i mean, if i were to tell my gf " i wanna join this club, where its all girls, and i live with them, and i shower with them all day!" she'd pretty much view that as saying " i wanna break up with you"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Modern Nomad View Post

    i mean, how can they want to die for the guy next to them, if he's not giving him some in the butt?
    Ajajaja. Well, I support giving them all their rights still. Even the useless ones, such as joining the army and getting married.

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    ^ well I think every hetero guy and girl has a right to shower and not be viewed in a sexual manner.

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