US military gay ban must end: Pelosi
Washington: Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed on Thursday to find a way to end the ban on gays serving openly in the US military, a move facing stiff opposition from at least one White House ally.
Asked about President Barack Obama`s call in his State of the Union speech on Wednesday to end the "don`t ask, don`t tell" policy, Pelosi told reporters: "Repealing it has been something that has been very important to many of us."
"Now, what would you replace it with?" said Pelosi.
"It`s not just about yes or no; it`s about `let`s have a very positive policy to go forward so that every patriotic American who wants to serve our country will be able to do so without being discriminated against.`" she said.
Obama`s push to end the ban, which was adopted in 1993, faces opposition from House Armed Services Committee chairman Ike Skelton, a Democrat who "supports the current policy”, according to spokeswoman Lara Battles.
Obama has drawn fire from gay rights groups for not taking steps to freeze or repeal the rule that requires gays to keep quiet about their sexual orientation or face expulsion from the military.
About 13,000 US service members have been discharged under the policy since then, and estimated costs through 2003 run at USD 95.4 million in recruiting costs and USD 95.1 million in training replacements, according to the US Government Accountability Office.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Panel discussion on breaking the law over cow security
- Panel discussion on breaking the law over cow security - Part II
- Panel discussion on breaking the law over cow security - Part III
- When will Indian roads become free from potholes and open manholes?
- When will Indian roads become free from potholes and open manholes? - Part II
- Vijay Mallya to be declared PO if he doesn't turn up by July 27
- 7th CPC: Who else is going to benefit from central govt employees' pay hike?
- Sanjeev Rajput wins silver in 50m Rifle 3 Positions
- Google Maps introduces HD satellite imagery from Landsat 8 – Enjoy the view!
- Black money window: I-T dept creates special tab on website