The Madeleine Brand Show for September 20, 2011

What the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" means for one soldier

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DADT is a thing of the past.

The United States' military ends a 19 year policy of discrimination against gays, lesbians and bisexuals. The policy aimed to sidestep questions of sexual orientation through silencing enlistees. Homosexuals were allowed to serve on the condition that they did not talk about their orientation. Superiors were not allowed to discriminate against closeted personnel. Still, this policy resulted in more than 14,000 service members being discharged as well as countless others serving in fear of being found out. The policy officially ends today; Open homosexuals will no longer be discharged from service. We talk to Army Major Casey Moes for a first hand account of what living under the policy was like.

Guest:

Casey Moes, Army Major, Military Police Corps.


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