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Toomey, Sestak see eye to eye on DADT repeal

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak says he’s disappointed the Obama Administration is appealing a federal court order halting the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy.

Sestak, a retired three-star admiral, estimates he had to discharge about a dozen service members during his career, because of the policy barring gays from openly serving in the military.

He says he’s frustrated by the amount of time it’s taken to overturn the guidelines.

“We were able to pivot and get our troops over to Afghanistan on short notice. We’re able to — we have lessons learned from the integration of women into combat. Why do we have to wait a year for something that has to do with our integrity? We’re asking people and the institution to live a lie.”

The House has voted to end “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” once a Pentagon review is complete, but a Senate vote has been held up.

The military has announced it will follow the federal court order, even though the Obama Administration is appealing the decision, and has asked the judge to stay the ruling.

Repealing “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” is the rare issue where Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey see eye-to-eye.

Toomey says he’d “welcome” a policy change, if military leaders gave their approval.

One Comment

  • rmiller says:

    Don’t ask Don’t tell is one of the worst laws we have in this country. It makes people do what we hate the most and that is for our service people to lie by not talking openly. Hidding who they really are. It is a discrace and should be over turned NOW. They have had 17 years to review it. They don’t need a rnother report.

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