DADT

a.k.a. Don't Ask, Don't Tell

From an Airman: Why 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Doesn't Work for Me

By Kristoffer Berrien at 12:36pm
(Kristoffer Berrien has served in the U.S. Air Force nearly 17 years as an Avionics Specialist on multiple aircraft. Currently a reservist stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., Kristoffer lives in the Sacramento area with his wife, who is also in the Air Force, and three children. He has been deployed in support of numerous operations, including Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Joint Forge. His comments are his alone, made as civilian not a member of the military, and do not reflect the views of the Air Force or Department of Defense in any way. He's also a member of the board of directors of the ACLU of Sacramento.)
DADT Repeal Bills Await Congressional Action

DADT Repeal Bills Await Congressional Action

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:20pm

The Senate is about to vote on the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The bill has already passed the House with an overwhelming bipartisan majority.  There is simply no excuse for further delay."

The Struggle to Repeal DADT Continues

The Struggle to Repeal DADT Continues

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:48pm

Last week, the U.S. Senate tried — and failed — to begin debate on the National Defense Authorization Act, preventing the repeal of the discriminatory and unconstitutional "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy from advancing in the Senate — despite the support of a majority of senators and the personal pleas of President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen.

DADT Hearing Day 2: Repeal as a "Nonevent"

DADT Hearing Day 2: Repeal as a "Nonevent"

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:40pm

The second day of landmark hearings in the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Pentagon’s just-released report on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) saw testimony from much of the uniformed leadership of the armed forces,…

Pentagon DADT Report Underscores Need for Congressional Action

Pentagon DADT Report Underscores Need for Congressional Action

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:45pm

Earlier today, the Pentagon released a much-anticipated report on the discriminatory and unconstitutional policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” (DADT) and the findings in it provide a critical boost to ongoing efforts to pass…

Sen. McCain, Enough with Stonewalling the DADT Repeal

Sen. McCain, Enough with Stonewalling the DADT Repeal

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:20pm

Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pre-emptively attacked an as-yet-to-be-released Pentagon study exploring the views and attitudes of active-duty and reserve service members, as well as military families,…

DADT Repeal – The Clock is Ticking

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:56am

Over the weekend, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told the Associated Press that he would like to see Congress act to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" during the upcoming lame duck session, but that "I'm not sure what the prospects…

President Obama Joins the It Gets Better Project for LGBT Youth

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:19pm

Last Thursday, the White House released what is perhaps the most important submission to date for the It Gets Better Project. In a three-minute long video message to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth — far too often the victims…

DADT on Trial: VICTORY! Judge Orders Air  Force to Reinstate Maj. Margaret Witt

DADT on Trial: VICTORY! Judge Orders Air Force to Reinstate Maj. Margaret Witt

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 5:18pm

Great news! U.S. District Court Judge Ronald B. Leighton has ordered the Air Force to reinstate flight nurse Maj. Margaret Witt. Maj. Witt was discharged from the Air Force in 2006 under the military's unconstitutional Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

Being Gay in the Military is a "Private Hell" Under DADT

Being Gay in the Military is a "Private Hell" Under DADT

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:30pm

The New York Times' "At War" blog on Monday released the stories of seven current and former service members and their experiences in the military under the discriminatory and counterproductive "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT)…

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