‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Should End Now

by Nathaniel Frank | Los Angeles Times

On Tuesday, the Defense Department unveiled its “don’t ask, don’t tell” reform plan. The strategy is simple: slow progress toward ending a policy, and repealing a law, that doesn’t work.

The idea is to modify enforcement of “don’t ask, don’t tell” by, among other measures, disallowing certain third-party “outings” from being used against gay troops. New rules may also require that a two-star officer approve any discharge. Depending on how they’re applied, these changes could mean the beginning of officially tolerated service by known gays and lesbians. In some cases, gay troops could be honest with their peers, who could not rat them out to a commander.

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