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Repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'

The president, the defense secretary, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Pentagon's top leaders favor repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. As this week's release of a 10-month survey revealed, more than two-thirds of U.S. troops have said they do not object to gays and lesbians serving openly in the military. A federal judge has ordered the Pentagon to stop enforcing the policy, calling it unconstitutional. Americans largely have made up their minds, too. Recent surveys indicate that between 58 and 70 percent of Americans believe it's time for "don't ask, don't tell" to go. Plus, the United States is conducting two overseas military campaigns. It cannot afford to continue a discriminatory policy that has forced the discharge of thousands of troops with valuable skills. Enough. As we argued in our editorial today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., should bring "don't ask, don't tell" to another Senate vote without further delay, and Republicans should help shape the way the policy meets its end.