Mark your calendar, readers, because November 30th marks the 14th anniversary of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. And, in honor of this dishonorable event, HRC asked Democratic presidential hopefuls how they’ll end the military’s gay ban.
The non-profit will feature a new response each day, starting with John Edwards.
Here’s HRC’s exact question: “If you are elected President, what concrete steps would you take to overturn ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?’”. Now, we’re not sure if Edwards misunderstood the question or simply didn’t feel like giving a straight answer, but he definitely leaves us wanting more:
It is long past time to end the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy and to allow openly gay men and women to serve in the military. It is critical to our national security that we have the best people in our military. Gay men and women have continually served our country with honor and bravery, and we should honor their commitment and never turn away anyone who is willing to serve their country because of their sexual orientation.
This is an issue of fundamental fairness – and our military ought to treat everyone fairly. ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ did not become wrong. It was always wrong. Instead of fumbling when people question the morality of the 12,000 gays and lesbians who have unjustly lost military careers, we must repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
Um, okay… We know DADT ain’t fair and hurts our military, we know it must be repealed, we that “it’s critical to our national security,” but we still don’t know how you, John Edwards, will do something about it. HRC asked, so why don’t you really tell?