The Pentagon: Gays Say Don't Rely on Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Gays Say Don't Rely on Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The Pentagon once again last week had to defend its "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. It was implemented in 1994, after a debate between the White House, which wanted to let gays serve openly, and Congress and the military, which did not. The compromise ostensibly protected gays in uniform so long as they didn't flaunt their sexual orientation. But the number of personnel kicked out of the service for being gay soared from 617 in 1994 to 997 last year. The Pentagon says that 80% of those removed in 1997 declared their homosexuality; they told. Gay-rights groups instead pointed to witch...

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