Gays in the Military... "Yes We Can"

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    Apr 20, 2010 2:07 PM GMT
    (April 20) -- Gay-rights protesters disrupted President Barack Obama during a fundraising speech for California's Sen. Barbara Boxer, angry over the slow progress in repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bans gays from serving openly in the military.

    Obama has called for a lifting of the ban but has urged gay, lesbian and transgender advocates to be patient. For a handful of protesters, their patience seemed to run out Monday night in Los Angeles.

    "Repeal don't ask, don't tell," an audience member said, according to remarks of the event released by the White House.

    Alex Brandon, AP
    President Barack Obama told a heckler at a fundraiser in California Monday that he's "supportive of repealing 'don't ask, don't tell.'"
    "It's time for equality for all Americans!" another protester yelled, according to a pool report.

    Obama said: "Can I just say again Barbara and I are supportive of repealing 'don't ask, don't tell.'"

    But the protester kept yelling, and Obama stopped talking, the pool report said.

    Other audience members tried to quiet the protesters and began shouting Obama's trademark line over them: "Yes we can!"

    Obama also added: "When you've got an ally like Barbara Boxer and you've got an ally like me who are standing for the same thing, then you don't know exactly why you've got to holler, because we already hear you, all right?" Obama said to applause. "I mean, it would have made more sense to holler that at the people who oppose it."

    Obama flew to California for two fundraising events for Boxer that were expected to bring up to $4 million for the liberal senator and the Democratic National Committee, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    Boxer is facing an uphill struggle in her bid for a fourth term. The Times said she has not been able to reach a 50 percent approval rating against three potential GOP opponents this year. An independent Field Poll last month found she was polling about even with the three, who are seeking the nomination in the June 8 primary. She has token opposition on the Democratic side.
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    Apr 20, 2010 2:43 PM GMT
    When my friend was going through Basic in 2008, many of his superiors were convinced that DADT would be repealed. According to him, they didn't seem altogether upset about it, just convinced that it would happen.
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    Apr 20, 2010 4:21 PM GMT
    Straight people are supporting repeal cuz they are realizing that it is only their straight boys that are getting sent to Iraq and Afghanistan to get killed. It takes straight people a while to figure things out, but they get there eventually...sometimes. ... icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 20, 2010 5:18 PM GMT
    When I served in the Army, I got the impression that a lot of the people I served with were lower-educated smaller-minded people. I don't think that changing the law is going to mean acceptance for gay folks in the military. In fact, I anticipate a lot of hard adjustment. Perhaps it's necessary for equality, but I see real hard times ahead for gay folks in the military with a formal change.
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    Apr 20, 2010 6:39 PM GMT
    The transition to full inclusion of gays in the military will be continue to be opposed by a lot of narrow-minded and bigoted men.
    The idea that there aren't a LOT of straight men in the miltary who won't accept gay fellow soldiers - is extremely naive.
    It's very smart to make the transition slowly and carefully, to avoid anyone getting hurt.
    I can understand the impatience of some who want it done yesterday - but anyone who has actually served in the military understands that there's a lot of intense opposition to letting gays serve openly, and the change can't just be rammed down the throats of the straights in the military, without there being negative consequences.
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    Apr 20, 2010 8:37 PM GMT
    A lot of str8's aren't going to tolerate a repeal of the law. We can not have division in our military at this time or our goose is cooked as a nation. A repeal at this time would be catostrophic and would create a war within our own ranks. Our military has to stay united, if we are going to survive as a nation.
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    Apr 20, 2010 8:55 PM GMT
    An all volunteer military is largely made up of lesser educated, less tolerant people.
    So, there will definitely be some problems.
    Never the less, we have to have equal rights.
    In time, the straights in the military will get used to it.