The new policy is "a shattering disappointment for millions of gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans."
--Tim McFeeley of the Human Rights Campaign Fund, nation's largest gay political group
'This policy basically says,'Just don't get caught in the act,' which encourages deceitful and duplicitous behavior."
--Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition, a grass-roots Christian lobby
'Before the military kicked you out for lying. Now they will throw you out for telling the truth. What's the big difference?"
--Donald Suggs, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
'My initial reaction is positive, because the policy appears to set forth standards of military conduct that are consistent with traditional military practice."
--Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), Senate Armed Services Committee
'We've created a whole separate class called the celibate homosexual. . . . This so-called compromise does nothing but compromise our national security."
--Rep. Robert K. Dornan (R-Garden Grove)
'It doesn't bother me one way or the other. If the person can perform their job, that's the key."
--Tech Sgt. John Murphy, 18-year Air Force veteran