Justice Dept.: Obama Wrong in ‘Don’t Ask’ Case

by Bob Egelko | San Francisco Chronicle

At a gay-rights reception in June 2009, President Obama said the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, which prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces, “weakens our national security.”

This week, Obama’s Justice Department found itself in the awkward position of declaring in a court filing that the president was wrong – at least in the context of a case challenging the law.

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