One of my first blogs on here was:
Two days ago, the prestigious New York Times published an article (forwarded to me via The Palm Center):
Cool, and thanks very much to Indra Lucero, Associate Director of The Palm Center for sharing it with me. I particularly enjoyed this passage:
Referring to Obama’s stroke-of-the-pen authority to issue stop-loss orders which prevent service members from leaving the military, the Times states, “How much better to use the power to prevent the loss of gay service members eager to keep serving.”The Times joins a growing chorus calling for an executive action including Congressman Rush Holt, Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center CEO Lorri Jean, and Knights Out, an organization of West Point graduates co-founded by Dan Choi, the Arabic translator about to be discharged because he’s gay.
The idea of ending the ban by executive order gained momentum after the release last month of a Palm Center study showing that the president has the authority to suspend “don’t ask, don’t tell” via a stroke of the pen. Before that time, many argued that only Congress or the courts could lift the ban on service by openly gay troops.
If you’d like to sign a petition (from VoteVets.org) imploring the repeal of DADT, here it is: