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Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Leaves a Lot to be Desired

Yesterday I had the opportunity to sit in on a brief given by a Marine Corps unit in California regarding the repeal of the infamous Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) policy implemented under the Clinton administration.

The bottom line was both simple and admirable: this is a non-negoitable issue.  Your respect towards your fellow Marines is not a value-based order, and if you find yourself working with someone who is openly gay, you will be civil.  Under federal law and under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, you will be actionably guilty if you harass or refuse to work with a gay service member.

So far, so good.  Given the conservative, borderline dogmatic stances endorsed by the US military, a direct order to be respectful to gay men and women is actually progress.

Then it got ugly.

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