There have been many articles in the news lately about the Don’t ask don’t tell policy.
According to an NPR news report, while the older generation of Marine leaders still believe things like:
- openly serving Gay Dutch troops are responsible for a 1990s massacre of Muslims in the Balkans; and
- homosexuality is immoral
The new generation currently serving in the Marine Corps have been polled, and more than half support the Congressional repeal of don’t ask don’t tell.
Meanwhile, a blog post from a deployed gay Marine sergeant, known only as At War, suggests that queer troops, while they appreciate that the policy is being changed for human rights reasons, are not civilian activists, and whatever the decision, however the hoped-for repeal may be implemented, because they choose to serve, they must also behave in such a way that they “continue to prove that there are no risks associated with repealing D.A.D.T.” (http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/09/dont-ask-dont-tell-dont-lose-focus-on-the-mission/)
You can listen or read online three recent NPR news reports on this issue:
- Marine Leaders Would Prefer Gay Troops Not Tell by Tom Bowman
- Op-Ed: Marines Can Handle DADT Repeal (Talk of the Nation)
- A Final Push To Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ by Liz Halloran
See Also, from the New York Times and the Washington Post:
- Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Don’t Lose Focus on the MissionBy AT WAR
- U.S. appeals ruling on gay Air Force officer but does not seek to bar reinstatement By Sandhya Somashekhar
- Wanted: GOP votes for repeal of don’t ask don’t tell By Jonathan Capehart
- ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ study to be released day earlier than planned By Ed O’Keefe
- DOD concludes little negative impact to repealing ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ Ann Riley (Jurist)