DADT

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

We <3 Lauren and Ellie!

By Sam Ritchie, ACLU at 2:34pm
Lauren Zulkoski and Ellie DePue, two University of Colorado students, heard about Lady Gaga's call for Congress to repeal the discriminatory and counterproductive policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) and decided they wanted to do something about it. So they filmed themselves calling their senator to show people how easy it is to take action. Then, for good measure, they went and asked their neighbors to call too.

DADT Dealt a Serious Blow by the Courts – Congress, You're Up.

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:18pm

On Thursday evening, U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that the discriminatory and counterproductive policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) violates the constitutional rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual servicemembers.…

DADT's Other Victims: Military Spouses and Families

DADT's Other Victims: Military Spouses and Families

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:40am

Late last week, the Pentagon sent a 44-question survey to roughly 150,000 military spouses as part of the ongoing review of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," (DADT) and what impact repeal will have on such factors as military readiness and retention.

The…

Army Comic Book Highlights the Absurdity of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:09pm

Earlier this week, the online collection Comics with Problems released the ironically titled "Dignity and Respect: A Training Guide on Homosexual Conduct Policy." The colorful, wordy comic from 2001 was published by the Army to educate…

DADT Repeal – Where Do We Go From Here?

DADT Repeal – Where Do We Go From Here?

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:29pm

Following the recent votes by the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee to allow for a repeal of the discriminatory and counterproductive policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," (DADT) you may be asking yourself,…

Military Wife Speaks Out on DADT Repeal — "Good Riddance"

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:14pm

Lily Burana, author most recently of I Love a Man in Uniform: A Memoir of Love, War, and Other Battles, and married to an Army intelligence officer, had a terrific column in Tuesday’s Los Angeles Timesin support of efforts currently underway…

Why Getting Rid of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Is So Important

Why Getting Rid of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Is So Important

By Matt Coles, Director, ACLU Center for Equality at 12:58pm

Last night, by 234 – 194, the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill that paves the way to end the ban on gay and lesbian servicemembers. The Senate Armed Services Committee also passed a similar amendment…

Unlikely Allies Support DADT Repeal

Unlikely Allies Support DADT Repeal

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:06pm

Rachel Maddow had two guests on her show last night expressing their support for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) this year. You may be asking yourself what is so surprising about Rachel Maddow having guests on her…

DADT Repeal — A Momentous Week Ahead

DADT Repeal — A Momentous Week Ahead

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:29pm

In the nearly 17 years that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) has been the discriminatory, counterproductive law of the land, opponents have never been as close to repealing the policy as they are today.

Both the House and Senate are expected to have decisive votes on repealing DADT this week, beginning the process of ending this harmful policy once and for all.

Sen. Levin Presses DADT Repeal

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:50pm

The Advocate reported late on Tuesday that Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) continues to favor pressing forward with a legislative repeal of the discriminatory and counterproductive "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"…

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