21 November 2008

DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL... Don't rush!

Today, the Obama transition team announced that the new Obama Administration would not push for the end of the military's ban on gays until late 2009 or even 2010. The president-elect's reasons were ample, varied, and, well… reasonable.

A link to one story about it appears below (and after the jump)...



Obama to Delay Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Well, this blog believes that the announcement bodes well for the future President Obama. With today’s announcement, there does finally appear to be a legitimate and careful approach afoot. The president-elect cautions against pushing for the end of the ban too quickly. This is clearly an attempt to avoid the same pitfalls that led to the passing of this law in the first place. With his statement, he has sent the signal that the responsibility also lies with the GLBT community to use this time to change minds, if we are to get the results we seek on this issue.

Imagine, we will soon have a president who elaborates and, in the case of a constituency hoping for quick action, also provides reasons for a perceived delay in granting this particular promise.

And he doesn't stop there.

He continues by shedding light on what must be done in tandem with his administration. Now, it is up to those who oppose the ban, newly inspired by this announcement, to continue to do the hard work necessary to get this law overturned once and for all.

There will be no easy rides with President Obama, folks. But, then again, nothing that comes easily is really worth having in the first place. Is it.