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Why Obama seems to back off 'don't ask, don't tell'

Confused by reports that the Obama Administration asked the Supreme Court not to take on an appeal of the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy banning gays in the military?

Here's a lucid explanation from the Washington Post, June 8, 2009.

Supreme Court Turns Down 'Don't Ask' Challenge
By William Branigin

The Supreme Court today declined to hear a constitutional challenge to the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay people from serving in the U.S. military, a move that could effectively leave it to the Obama administration to resolve the long-controversial issue.

In the "don't ask, don't tell" case, the Supreme Court sided with the Obama administration, which had urged the justices not to hear the appeal against the policy, even though Obama is on record as opposing it. The court thus spared the administration from having to defend in court a policy that the president eventually wants to abolish pending a review by the Pentagon.


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