Less than one month before Tim Smith was supposed to be deployed to Iraq, he was discharged from the Marines under the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy when someone decided to tell. Last month, to protest that policy, he appeared on a billboard sponsored by the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center, next to the statement, “I’m gay and I protected your freedom.” Within days, vandals tore down the billboard. Tim tells us his story, along with Bianca Phillips, a journalist who’s been covering the story for the Memphis Flyer.
"I take great offense at the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy. There are so many wonderful people that I know personally and so many thousands more that have lost their careers, and had their lives drastically effected by a policy that really has no place in the military and in a society that we live in today...I think it's being held in place mainly by a slight few at the very top who still have some misplaced fear and ignorance of a homosexual orientation."
—Tim Smith, discharged gay Marine, on his experience being discharged