March 29, 2010
Thanks to rule changes issued Thursday by the Pentagon, it will be a little harder to discharge gays from the military because of their sexual orientation. But the misguided "don't ask, don't tell" policy remains, and probably will until the end of the year -- or far longer if some conservative former generals get their way. Defenders of the Clinton-era policy, which is undergoing a Pentagon review that isn't expected to be completed until December, have uncorked arguments that range from laughable to lucid (but still wrong)
October 21, 2001 |
At military bases across the country, troops mobilized for America's new war are saying goodbye to spouses and sweethearts with lingering embraces and teary kisses. Unless they're gay. Homosexuals reporting for possible combat are bound by the "don't ask, don't tell" mandate to keep their sexual orientation to themselves. "There are moments that bring this policy into sharper focus.
December 21, 2003
How ironic that the 10th anniversary of the military's dreadful "don't ask, don't tell" policy fell just months after the U.S. Supreme Court forcefully overturned state laws criminalizing consensual sex between homosexuals. A majority of the high court recognizes what pollsters find, that "straight" Americans have grown more tolerant toward homosexuality. But not the military brass.
December 20, 2010 |
A vote in the Senate on Saturday cleared the way to abolish the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. But questions remain about how the change will be implemented, and it will be months before gays and lesbians can serve openly in the military. What happens next? President Obama is expected to sign the measure this week. The president, secretary of Defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff must then sign a letter certifying that the necessary policy and regulation changes have been prepared and that implementation of the changes won't hurt the military's readiness, effectiveness, recruiting, retention or unit cohesion.
June 4, 2009 |
Military investigators have concluded that some airstrikes that killed civilians during a battle in western Afghanistan last month were mistakes, but are still trying to determine whether the service members who called in the strikes could have known they were no longer in imminent danger when the bombs were dropped. The investigation questioned the last two airstrikes conducted during the 8 1/2 -hour battle, according to a military official familiar with the inquiry.
February 15, 2002 |
When I was a military police platoon leader, I wanted to buy spare tires for all seven of my platoon's Humvees. Spare tires made them more effective in combat exercises because troops could change a tire after running over a rock or barbed wire rather than wait for a maintenance vehicle to come forward with a new tire. But a Humvee tire cost $623, and there was no money in my unit's budget for spares.
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June 24, 1998 |
In the 1989 film "When Harry Met Sally," Billy Crystal proclaims, "Men and women can never be friends, the sex thing always gets in the way." Nowhere is this more on display than in efforts to integrate men and women into the military.
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January 6, 2002 |
Eugene Nickerson, the first judge to strike down the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the U.S. military and who presided over the Abner Louima police brutality trials, has died. He was 83. Nickerson, who served 24 years in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, died Tuesday of complications from ulcer surgery at St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan.
March 31, 1995 |
A federal judge Thursday struck down as unconstitutional the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy that allows gay men and lesbians to serve in the military only if they keep their sexual orientation to themselves. Ruling in the case of six homosexual service members, U.S. District Judge Eugene H. Nickerson of Brooklyn held that the controversial policy violated their rights to free speech and equal protection under the law.