Clinton Walks into A Brawl over Gays

A preliminary order eases the ban, but the big fight may lie ahead

IT WAS A MINOR CAMPAIGN PROMISE, YET THE ISSUE of allowing homosexuals into the military ignited the first passionate fight of the Clinton Administration. In an interim compromise, Bill Clinton on Friday ordered that recruiting officers stop asking volunteers if they are gay and that the services suspend discharge proceedings against homosexuals who have committed no offenses of conduct. However, commanders can still force gays to be transferred out of their units, and homosexuals about to be discharged anyway will be suspended from active duty. The President gave Secretary of Defense Les Aspin a July 15 deadline to draft an Executive...

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