Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
U.S. Military Celebrating Gay Pride Month, Honors Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Servicemembers
Maybe it’s all about who is the current commander-in-chief. Maybe it resonates more because of Caitlyn Jenner’s announcement this week. Maybe it’s just the new “normal” for the Department of Defense, but this month the DoD is making it very clear to the American public that the military supports Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.
A San Francisco supervisor said he consulted a Ouija board before city leaders voted on whether to recommend naming a Navy ship after slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk.
A Navy tradition caught up with the repeal of the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule on Wednesday when two women sailors became the first to share the coveted “first kiss” on the pier after one of them returned from 80 days at sea.
After years of debate over the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy preventing gays from serving openly in the military, the Bay Area activists who led the campaign to repeal it are finally able to celebrate.
Friday’s move to end the military’s 18-year-old ban on openly gay troops will help remove a tremendous burden from gay and lesbian members of the armed forces.
News of his decision comes two weeks after top military leaders agreed that repealing the 17-year-old ban will not hurt military readiness.
A federal appeals court is allowing the military to temporarily continue its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for openly gay service members in response to a request from the Obama administration.
A federal appeals court has barred further enforcement of the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay service members.
A Republican gay rights group is again asking a federal appeals court to immediately lift the ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. armed forces.
Gay rights advocates are challenging a request by the Obama administration to keep the military’s repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in place while the Pentagon prepares for its repeal.