Don't ask, don't tell (DADT) is the common term for the policy regarding gays and lesbians serving openly in the U.S. military mandated by federal law Pub.L. 103-160 (10 U.S.C. § 654). Unless one of the exceptions from 10 U.S.C. § 654(b) applies, the policy prohibits anyone who "demonstrate(s) a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts" from serving in the armed forces of the United States, because "it would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability."
Today's schools bristle with moral principles that they urge upon the -- so they think -- benighted society beyond their gates. But as Roberts blandly reminded the schools regarding their desire to bar military recruiters: "You are perfectly free to do that, if you don't take the money." -George Will
The R.O.T.C., which has units on 327 campuses nationwide, was sent packing from several Ivy League and other prominent campuses in the late 1960s and early 1970s, in the firestorm of student protests against the Vietnam War. More recently, though, it has faced opposition because of discrimination against gay men and lesbians in the military.
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Among those now in the Senate who voted for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell are Democratic Senators Daniel Akaka, Max Baucus, Joe Biden (as vice president, he is the president of the Senate and casts the deciding vote in the case of a tie), Robert C. Byrd, Kent Conrad, Christopher Dodd, Dianne Feinstein, Tom Harkin, Dan Inouye, John Kerry, Herb Kohl, Pat Leahy, Joe Lieberman, Patty Murray and Jay Rockefeller.
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“Thanks to this change, we moved closer to the goal of the foundation of values that America’s all about: equality, equal opportunity and dignity for all Americans,” Panetta told reporters at a Pentagon press briefing with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen.
The repeal means that gay men and women can serve openly in the armed forces, and that the 13,000 soldiers who were discharged under "don't ask, don't tell" can reenlist. "That's how ridiculous this policy was," Stewart noted. "The apology for the affront is, 'Alright, sorry, you can go to Afghanistan and fight for your country.'" He also joked that "only gay people would remain in good enough shape to be able to reenlist."
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English: DIGNITY & RESPECT (2001) is a U.S. Army training guide on the homosexual conduct policy. PROBLEMS DEALT WITH: Homosexual conduct, evidence gathering and credible witnesses, admission of guilt, harassment, and additional army resources. This page deals with assessing what is credible information when someone is suspected of homosexuality.
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The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) will honor Bill Clinton later this month. Politico reports that the organization will present the former president with the Advocate for Change award at its media-award event in Los Angeles. “Leaders and allies like President Clinton are critical to moving our march for equality forward,” GLAAD said in a statement. Clinton served as president during the implementation of two policies that were controversial within the gay community: the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military in 1993, and the Defense of Marriage of Act (DOMA), which he signed into law in 1996.