Obama to address 'Don't ask, don't tell' in State of Union speech
HuffPost"It is going to happen," said a source in the gay-rights community. "And it is going to be brought up in a somewhat significant way. But what that significance is we don't know." A Hill aide confirmed that the White House communications department told congressional press colleagues that the president would discuss the policy during his prime-time speech.
Update: Here is the section in which he speaks on the repeal of DADT (NY Times)
. . . We must continually renew this promise. My Administration has a Civil Rights Division that is once again prosecuting civil rights violations and employment discrimination. We finally strengthened our laws to protect against crimes driven by hate. This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. We are going to crack down on violations of equal pay laws – so that women get equal pay for an equal day's work. And we should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system – to secure our borders, enforce our laws, and ensure that everyone who plays by the rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nations.
According to Huffington Post, President Barack Obama intends to directly address the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in tonight's State of the Union address .
Huffington Post claims sources on Capitol Hill and in the gay-rights community revealed this to them.
Gay advocacy groups have long been frustrated with Obama, because they believe he should use his Presidential power to call for its repeal.
Whether he will assert this tonight in his State of the Union address remains to be seen.
The pressure on Obama to address DADT during the speech has been mounting for several weeks now, as congressional negotiators discuss overturning the law, which allows gay members to serve in the military but only with their sexuality hidden, in the upcoming defense budget.
During his presidential campaign, Obama vowed to end the policy. Once in office, he outraged the gay rights community by putting it off.
On Wednesday morning, another effort was made to preemptively move Obama's hand. General John Shalikashvili, who helped implemente "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Clinton presidency, released a statement calling for a full repeal.
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