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President Obama To Address DADT At SOTU


Maybe we'll see some progress regarding gays in the military:
President Barack Obama is expected to discuss the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy during Wednesday night's State of the Union address, according to a top congressional leader.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Michigan, said he had no specifics, but said the president would bring up the issue during the speech. He made his comments after a news conference on Afghanistan Monday.

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"We've got to try to get the military leaders to speak up on this issue," Levin said. "I think there's a generational shift taking place … (but) we've also got to show sensitivity to the military."

Public opinion appears to be softening on the matter. A Gallup poll conducted in June of 2009 found that 69 percent of adult respondents favor allowing openly gay men and lesbian women to serve in the U.S. military, up six percentage points from November, 2004.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll conducted December 19-21 found that 81 percent of respondents believe openly gay people should be allowed to serve in the U.S. military, while 17 percent said they shouldn't. That poll's margin of error was plus-or-minus 3 percentage points.
I'm not going to hold my breath -- but this could mean some good news...

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