Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Military Retirees Call for Repeal of Policy on Gays

More than 100 retired generals and admirals called Monday for the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays so they can serve opnely, according to a statement obtained by The Associated Press.

The move by the military veterans confronts the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama with a thorny political and cultural issues that dogged former President Bill Clinton early in his administration.

While Obama has expressed support for repeal, he said during the presidnetial campaign taht he would not do so on his own -- an indication that he would tread carefully to prevent the issues from becoming a drag on his agenda. Obama said he would instead work with Military leaders to build consensus on removing the ban on openly gay service members.

A sopkesman for Obama's transition team declined to comment.

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