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Daily Dose: The End of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Era

Today is an important day for the military, as the Pentagon lifts the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy. For the first time in 18 years, troops can “publicly reveal that they’re gay without fear of official retribution”.

Enlistees who tell military recruiters, and troops discharged under the ban who are eager to reenlist, will be eligible to join up if they are qualified. And the Defense Department says it will have zero tolerance for anti-gay behavior, as it does for religious, racial and gender discrimination.

What do you think about the lifting of DADT? Are you excited, or nervous?

Celebration and Concern Mark the End of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell


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Terrence (Terry) Hill

I am relieved that my government has eliminated another source of discrimination. I have served proudly in the Marine Corps and was never concerned about the sexual proclivities of my fellow Marines. I was more concerned with their capability to stand beside me when facing the enemy. Now, we need to move on to the issue of allowing them to marry. This is the last bastion of civil rights for this often-oppressed minority. These are basic civil rights and not moral issues.

Carol Davison

I believe it was Alexander the Great who like having gays in his army because he said that men would fight to protect their lovers and retain their respect. As a remember his army was considered effective.