Don't ask, don't tell

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This group of 55 Vassar students banded together with organizers from the national foundation Soulforce to take a stand against the Military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy at the Armed Forces Recruitment Center in Times Square. (2006)

Don't ask, don't tell (DADT) is the common term for the policy restricting the United States military from efforts to discover or reveal closeted gay, lesbian, and bisexual servicemembers or applicants, while barring those who are openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual from military service. The restrictions are 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." The act prohibits any homosexual or bisexual person from disclosing his or her sexual orientation or from speaking about any homosexual relationships, including marriages or other familial attributes, while serving in the United States armed forces.


United States[edit]

Executive branch[edit]

President Barack Obama
Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen
  • It is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do. … I cannot escape being troubled in the fact that we have in place a policy that forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. For me, personally, it comes down to integrity. Theirs as individuals and ours as an institution.

Legislative branch[edit]

Senator Ted Kennedy
  • Mr. President, this November marks 10 years since our Nation imposed the discriminatory law known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on the lesbian, gay, and bisexual patriots of our Nation. During the past decade, almost 10,000 men and women have been fired from our Armed Forces simply because of their sexual orientation.
Senator John McCain

Judicial branch[edit]

Judge Virginia A. Phillips, United States District Court for the Central District of California
Judge Ronald B. Leighton, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington

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