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Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT)

The infamous “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy of the United States military has been repealed for some time; however, it stood as the official United States policy on the military service of lesbians, gays, and bisexuals from 1994 until late 2011. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, also known as “DADT”, became a hot topic not just with gay military members, but also with the entire gay community and eventually, with human rights groups and beyond. Okay, so maybe it took 17 years to be repealed, but it’s progress; the history of the DADT policy is one with origins that go back to 1950 and President Harry Truman. That’s when he signed the Uniform Code of Military Justice – a crummy set of discharge rules for homosexual service members. Fast forward thirty-two years later, and zero progress had been made. In 1982, President Reagan released a defense directive that stated “homosexuality is incompatible with military service” and those who were homosexual or bisexual, or those who engaged in such activities, were discharged. During the 1992 Presidential Campaign, Bill Clinton campaigned on the promise to lift the ban on gays serving in the military, but at the end of 1993 all he could come up with was a compromise: The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, as it came to be known. This directive stated that applicants shouldn’t be asked about their sexual orientation. In 2003, Clinton called for an end to DADT, but in 2006 the ban was upheld by the Supreme Court; it was also upheld in federal courts five times. Two years later, Barack Obama promises a full repeal, but it took until December 18, 2010 for the Senate to finally vote for a repeal. Want to learn more about the dicey timeline following the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy? We’ve got the scoop on it all, right here – browse all kinds of awesome articles on it below!
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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ a Dark Mark on America’s Legacy, Became Law 25 Years Ago Today

Today marks the anniversary of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” finally repealed in 2011 after hurting countless people who proudly served their country

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History
They Pretended to Be Straight to Serve Their Country, and Now This Gay Man and Lesbian Have Married Their True Loves

“It was illegal to be gay in the Air Force and we could have been thrown out so Gail and I allowed people to believe we were girlfriend and boyfriend.”

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News
Anti-Gay GOP Rep. Aaron Schock Arraigned on 24 Corruption Charges

Of all the crimes Aaron Schock has allegedly committed, his fashion crimes remain among the worst. Let’s check out his other charges.

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Art
“My Real Face”: 15 Soldiers Closeted By “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

Marriage equality laws still discriminate against LGBT soldiers even after they’re done serving their country on the battlefield.

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Politics
Wikileaks Caught Hillary Talking Off the Record About Gay Rights

A Wikileaks document-dump reveals that Hillary has some thoughts on queer people her campaign isn’t quite ready to share with the world. But share we must.

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News
Next Friday, The Military Will Lift Its Ban On Trans People

Whoa. In less than one week, transgender people will be able to enlist and serve openly in the military. Here’s the details…

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News
President Obama, of All People, Should Know That Some Rights Can’t Be Left to the States

In 1961, when Barack Hussein Obama II was born in the brand new State of Hawaii, laws on the books in 22 of the other 49 United States forbade the marriage of his White American mother to his Black Kenyan father. Arizona’s anti-miscegenation law prohibiting marriage between whites and any persons[…]

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Politics
The Circus Continues As DADT Is Reinstated

A federal appeals court granted the Department of Justice’s request to continue the military’s anti-gay Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy late Friday night. In a three-page decision, the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said that the government has provided new information, and the court was upholding the a previous[…]

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News
WTF: Government Asks For Reversal of DADT Cease-and-Desist

In the ongoing failure of the government to do what it says it’s going to, the United States has filed for an emergency relief from a court’s earlier decision to immediately halt enforcement of DADT. The US Department of Justice is appealing to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, asking[…]

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News
DADT Is Dunzo! Court Orders Military To Immediately Stop Enforcing Worldwide

In an order issued by a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips’s judgment halting the worldwide enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as a result of her decision in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States has been put back[…]

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