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Hawaii Senate Urges Congress to Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

This week the Hawaii Senate passed Senate Resolution 36 expressing support for the repeal of the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" law of the U.S. Armed Services.  The Hawaii Senate cited the beliefs of President Obama, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Muller that the law should be ended as key to their support of repealing the law. But, the Hawaii Senate was willing to go further hammering home the fundamental problem with the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law: “Homophobia has no place in a modern, enlightened society, and the military is no exception.” With more than 45,000 military personnel and 14 major military bases and installations, Hawaii has a significant stake in changing the military’s discriminatory law. Both of Hawaii’s U.S. Senators, Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka, served in the Second World War providing them with firsthand knowledge of the importance accepting talented recruits into the armed services. With repeal likely to come up for a vote this year, both Sen. Inouye and Sen. Akaka, along with Rep. Mazie Hirono,  are dedicated to voting in favor of repealing the law.

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