“I will end ‘don’t ask-don’t tell,'” Obama said to a standing ovation from the crowd of about 3,000 at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay civil rights advocacy group. Obama reaffirmed his commitment to end the ban, but did not give a timetable or the specifics that some activists have called for.
“We should not be punishing patriotic Americans who have stepped forward to serve the country,” Obama said. “We should be celebrating their willingness to step forward and show such courage … especially when we are fighting two wars.
He also called on Congress to repeal the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA).
The message, as always, is that progressive activists need to lobby Congress and build public support for repealing DOMA. DADT is something Obama can do on his own and in his own time.
Watch the speech below