The End of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the discriminatory 1993 law that allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military so long as they kept their sexual orientation a secret is history. After months of preparation by the Pentagon, DADT was officially repealed on Tuesday at midnight. President Obama signed the repeal in December 2010. The Pentagon said that 97 percent of the military has undergone training for accepting the law. The military has been accepting applications from openly gay people for weeks, and investigations into the sexual orientations of current military personal have been halted.

We speak with two men whose lives have been impacted by the policy. Jase Daniels was discharged from the Navy four years ago under DADT, and will begin serving again next week. We’re also talking with an MH65 helicopter pilot with the coast guard. He’s appeared on our show in the past, always anonymously to protect his career. But he’s agreed to let us use his name today: Lt. Cmdr. Zachery Matthews.

Guests:

Jase Daniels and Zachery Matthews

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

Emily from Madison Hts.,MI

I did not appreciate the reporter of this story's repeated use of the Commander's name. I mean really- to keep saying the man's name over and over- it was obvious the soldier was embarrassed by it. I believe the reporter was mocking this gay man.The reporter's disrespect of the Commander was quite apparent. Nice going. Welcome to the real world. Be brave soldiers, especially in your own country.

Sep. 20 2011 08:53 AM
Jay from St. Paul, MN

Thank you for using language carefully, saying that DADT has ended for gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. Unfortunately, Don't Ask, Don't Tell is still in effect for transgender people...http://www.transequality.org/news.html#TransServiceMembersSLDN2011

Sep. 20 2011 07:25 AM

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