Thursday, January 28, 2010

Gays 'Applaud' Obama for Pledge to Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Gay rights groups lauded President Obama for pledging Wednesday night to work this year to repeal the ban on gay people from openly serving in the armed forces, ratcheting down their criticism of the president for not working quickly enough to overturn the policy.

President: I will "repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve."In his first State of the Union address, the president said he would work with Congress and the military to lift the 15-year-old "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, setting a rough timeline for repealing the increasingly unpopular ban that is particularly disliked by many of his most ardent supporters.

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