The issue of gay rights is back at the top of the US political agenda. Thousands of people marched through Washington DC on Sunday calling for equal rights for homosexuals.
The rally came a day after President Obama renewed a campaign pledge to allow gay people to serve openly in the military. ‘‘I am absolutely here to encourage President Obama to live up to his promises from the campaign for my family’s equality,’‘ one person on the march said. The controversial ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy currently only allows people to serve in the military so long as they don’t disclose their sexual orientation. One man said, ‘‘I’m discouraged and I remain hopeful. I think that ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ should be repealed but I think he should halt the expulsion of our armed service people who happen to be gay. He can do that now and he doesn’t.’‘ President Obama has vowed to address the concerns of Congress and the Pentagon in changing the current law, but has offered no specific timetable for ending ‘don’t ask don’t tell.’