The don’t ask, don’t tell era may well be ending for the United States military. It’s been speculated that when Obama takes the reins of Commander and Chief sexual orientation will not be an issue.
Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said last Friday that the plan was to get rid of the policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
While the policy will not change overnight it will change. “The question isn’t if we do it, and the question isn’t when we do it, it’s how we do it,” said Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Walnut Creek, whose 2006 bill to repeal the ban earned broad support among Democrats in Congress but did not move forward in the face of a near-certain veto by President Bush.
“I’m going to reintroduce the bill in the next few weeks,” Tauscher said. “We’ve got the American people behind us.”
In 1993 only 44 percent of Americans supported an open policy in the military. Times have changed. The results of an ABC poll in July found that 75 percent of Americans were now in favor of the change.
The United States in general is more tolerant of those with different sexual orientations. During the 1990’s it became more common for people to come “out of the closet.” That openness now will change the way the military runs in the future. Once the policy changes there will not be dismissals of key players simply because they have a different bedroom preference than the norm.