Oct 17, 2009 9:34 AM by Associated Press

Mark Udall: Time to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'

Senator Mark Udall says he wants U.S. military chiefs to tell Congress in the next 30 days how they would handle a repeal of the nation's 'don't ask, don't tell' law that bars gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

On Friday the Colorado Democrat released a letter to President Barack Obama applauding Obama's recent restatement of his intention to end "don't ask, don't tell." Udall said he wants to champion that effort in the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he is a member.

The letter asks Obama to direct Defense Secretary Robert Gates and U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen to say when they think the repeal should happen and how a nondiscrimination policy should be implemented.


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