On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) sent a letter to President Obama and Department of Defense Secretary Gates, in which he reiterated his support for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), shared the plight of Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach and Lt. Dan Choi, and asked the President and the Secretary to provide recommendations on DADT.
Although President Obama repeatedly spoke of his support for open service as a candidate, he has been nearly silent on the issue since becoming president. As Commander in Chief, President Obama is in the best position to bring about repeal. As the Majority Leader said in his letter, while Congress works on enacting repeal, it would be extremely helpful to hear from both the President and Defense Secretary that, as we fight two wars, the administration understands the need to fix this broken law and strengthen our military. Mr. President and Mr. Secretary, respectfully, please speak up...Our country, our armed forces and our Congress need to see leadership and hear that this is a priority.