"Don’t Ask Don’t Tell", the misguided, discriminatory policy regarding Gay’s and Lesbians serving in the Military, died today at 17.
The 1993 policy, which was driven by ignorance and fear, required military officials/superiors not to ask members about their sexual orientation, (in the absence of evidence indicating homosexuality) ("Don’t Ask) and essentially warned homosexual/bisexual servicemen and women, to keep their sexual preferences secret, lest they be discharged. (Don’t Tell). The now deceased policy, which was initially heralded as "progress" , resulted in over 14,000 servicemen and women being discharged for nothing other than their sexual orientation.
After thousands of our indescribably brave and patriotic servicemen and women were discriminated against, after thousands (approximately 60,000) of our soldiers were forced to live and serve in fear, and in spite of many thoughtless, disingenuous, and ill-advised arguments against repeal, President Barack Obama (backed by reasonable/sane/fair/tolerant members of Congress) (unofficially) killed the policy on December 22, 2010. Today, less than a year later, its death can officially be celebrated.
"Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" is survived by the "Defense of Marriage Act".
Be Good Friends,