Simultaneously repudiating Gen. Pace's comments and trying to find a way to stand out in a crowded field of Democratic candidates (not that there's anything wrong with that), Senator Chris Dodd makes an announcement calling for the end of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
also available on his site.
Since 1993, I have had the rich satisfaction of knowing and working with many openly gay and lesbian Americans, and I have come to realize that "gay" is an artificial category when it comes to measuring a man or woman's on-the-job performance or commitment to shared goals. It says little about the person. Gen. Pace is entitled to his personal opinion, even if it is completely out of the mainstream of American thinking. But he should know better than to assert this opinion as the basis for policy of a military that represents and serves an entire nation. Let us end "don't ask, don't tell." This policy has become a serious detriment to the readiness of America's forces as they attempt to accomplish what is arguably the most challenging mission in our long and cherished history.