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Kagan: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy ‘unwise and unjust’

U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, denounced the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is unwise and unjust in testimony on Wednesday during her confirmation hearings.


Kagan affirmed her opposition to the military ban on openly gay service members while she was Dean at Harvard Law School, and said she still holds that belief.

From the Washington Blade:

“I have repeatedly said that I believe that the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy is unwise and unjust,” she said. “I believed it then and I believe it now.”

Kagan said as dean she tried to ensure military recruiters had “full and complete access” while she simultaneously tried to enforce Harvard’s non-discrimination policy that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation.

In response to the question from Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, Kagan said she had an “institutional responsibility” to defend the school’s long-standing anti-discrimination policy.

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