The OC Register’s Washington Bureau intern Joel Walsh wrote this afternoon on Total Buzz about Loretta Sanchez’s comments during House hearings on the repeal of the 17 year old Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that bans the open service of gays and lesbians in the military.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez told Pentagon officials on Wednesday that the time to repeal the militaryâ€™s â€œdonâ€™t ask, donâ€™t tellâ€ policy is now.
â€œI wish we could just get this done and move on as many other militaries have,â€ Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, Â said at an Armed Services subcommittee meeting Wednesday afternoon.
Sanchez said the U.S. should follow the lead of at least 20 countriesÂ in reworking its policy on allowing gays and Lesbians to serve openly. Canada, Great Britain, Australia and Israel are among those 20 nations.
â€œExperiences with these countries show that open service works and that implementation of open service has been historically uneventful,â€ Sanchez added. Lawmakers questionedÂ leaders of a Department of DefenseÂ group about their study of how best the Pentagon could implement a policy repeal.Â Their study is due toÂ Defense Secretary Robert Gates by Dec. 1. Read the complete post here.
Yeah,I know, Van Tran will think this is the opening he needs to crush Loretta. Not gonna happen Van. On this one Loretta is right.