I have been a military dependent more than 40 years, and I personally know there have been gays and lesbians who have served in the military for many years before being discovered. The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is an antiquated failure. Sexual orientation has no bearing on a person’s ability to serve in the military.
The U.S. military needs the best and the brightest soldiers, and “don’t ask, don’t tell” is currently limiting our nation’s skilled service members. In fact, denying enlistment to patriotic Americans and terminating serving members based on sexual orientation threatens military readiness and national security while simultaneously putting American soldiers fighting overseas at risk.
It’s time to repeal this policy.