Military Lifts Ban on Gays

The U.S. military has decided to let gays openly serve in the armed forces. This is a break from the current policy, commonly known as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” under which gays can serve as long as they don’t openly acknowledge their sexual orientation and their leaders are not allowed to ask.

All pending investigations, discharges and other administrative proceedings related to a service member’s homosexuality that were begun under the Clinton-era law will be halted. Service members who were discharged under the 18 year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” law will be allowed to re-enlist, but will not be given priority over others with prior military experience who are also seeking to re-enlist.