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Pelosi Promises End of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Speaker of the House says military discimrination to end by Christmas



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    It remains to be seen if Nancy Pelosi is making promises that President Barack Obama can't cash.

    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was in San Francisco on Friday to speak at an Equality California fundraiser on the eve of Harvey Milk Day.

    And the congresswoman didn't disappoint the crowd, promising the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and an end to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

    And all by Christmas!

    Meaning lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender Americans would be able to openly serve in America's pre-emptive strikes and efforts to spread democracy -- or else.

    Of course, with her fellow Democrats facing mid-term elections, it's unclear what her strategy is.

    Politicians rarely take up controversial causes shortly before facing re-election, and Pelosi herself promised not to avoid any controversial bills unless they were introduced first in the senate.

    It's also unclear whether President Barack Obama would sign any DADT repeal that crosses his desk. While he made it a campaign pledge to end the policy, he's since passed the buck to congress, arguing that any change made as Commander In Chief might only last as long as he is in office.

    Jackson West figures LGBT servicepeople are doubly brave, but still isn't sure being of service to the American military machine is really "progress."