CBS: Reid Makes Promise on ‘Don’t Ask’ to Discharged Soldier

Posted July 25, 2010 at 8:19am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised a discharged gay soldier on Saturday that he would help to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, CBS News reported.

The Nevada Democrat was making an appearance at Netroots Nation, a convention of liberal bloggers and activists being held in Las Vegas, when Lt. Dan Choi confronted him about repealing the ban on openly gay service members in the military. Choi, an Iraq War veteran, was discharged from the Army National Guard last week under the policy.

Choi and Reid then agreed that the Majority Leader would keep Choi’s West Point ring until “don’t ask, don’t tell” is repealed, CBS News reported Saturday.

The House passed a fiscal 2011 defense authorization in May that would overturn the policy. The Senate’s version of the authorization, which also contains a provision to repeal “don’t ask,” is pending in that chamber.