Barack Obama tells a gay magazine that as president, he wouldn't require his Joint Chiefs of Staff to support a policy allowing gays to serve openly in the military.
He tells The Advocate that he wants to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy enacted by the Clinton administration. He says that the Joint Chiefs' priority would be keeping the country safe.
Obama says the military now recognizes that it's counterproductive to spend resources on drumming gays out of the services while those who are kicked out have valuable skills.
But he says he "would never make this a litmus test for the Joint Chiefs of Staff."
On other gay issues, Obama says he could sign legislation banning workplace discrimination against gays, and ensure that same-sex couples in civil unions get federal benefits.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.