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A federal judge has just ordered the Obama administration to immediately cease all "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" discharges.

And the question of the day is:

Will President Obama obey the rule of law, obey a federal judge, obey his conscience and his own political promises?

Will he finally take this opportunity, dropped in his lap like manna from heaven, to end DADT as he promised repeatedly?

http://www.americablog.com/...
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The President, who is himself a constitutional scholar, has been handed the golden opportunity to end DADT once and for all. A federal judge has now ruled that the gay ban is unconstitutional, and he has ordered the federal government to stop the discharges immediately.

The President now has the power - given to him by a federal judge - to do the right thing, to do what he promised, to side with the civil rights community. All he has to do is not appeal, and DADT is over.

http://gay.americablog.com/...

DADT is over, if President Obama wants it over.

Will President Obama side with over 70% of the American people who poll for wanting the end of DADT, or will he defend bigotry?

[W]ill "lawyer Obama" find some absurdly convoluted, heartless, and esoteric legal reason to oppose the judge, appeal the ruling, to yet again break yet another political promise, and give DADT the chance to live yet another day?
I have to agree with John Aravosis:
Great presidents rise to the occasion. His decision will tell you what kind of president Barack Obama is.
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Originally posted to freelancewoman on Tue Oct 12, 2010 at 12:20 PM PDT.

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