The military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy does not make sense practically, it does not make sense financially, and by acting in a discriminatory fashion, it certainly does not make sense morally.
Our friends over at the Center for American Progress have put together 11 reasons why Don’t Ask Don’t Tell should be repealed:
- Nearly 14,000 gay and lesbian service men and women have been discharged from military service since 1993.
- More than 33,000 gay and lesbian service men and women have been discharged from military service since 1980.
- A survey of 545 service members who served in Afghanistan and Iraq found that 73 percent are comfortable in the presence of gay men and lesbians.
- This policy may have cost the U.S. government more than $1.3 billion since 1980.