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General view of atmosphere at the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Grassroots Rally in support of repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' at Deering Oaks Park near the University of Southern Maine campus on September 20, 2010 in Portland, ME.
This Tuesday will mark the long awaited reversal of the 17 year old ban on gay men and lesbians serving in the military.
“Don’t ask don’t tell” is the contentious policy adopted by the United States Military in 1993 that barred homosexuals from openly serving in the armed services. Since its inception, the policy has been responsible for the discharge of nearly 14,000 servicemen and women. This final repeal comes almost a year from the landmark survey of 550,000 military personnel in where 70% of those surveyed agreed that the allowance of open homosexuals into the armed forces would be a “positive change.” Dr. Aaron Belkin, one of the nation’s leading advocates for gays in the military will join Patt to examine how DADT was repealed and why it took so long. His new e-book from the Huffington Post is “How We Won: Progressive Lessons from the Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Aaron Belkin, associate professor of political science at San Francisco State University and director of the Palm Center, a gay rights advocacy group