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Ending a controversial era in the U.S. military? Congress takes on repeal of 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell'

There is much debate over whether or not
There is much debate over whether or not "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" should be repealed
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Since 1993 it’s been a constant source of debate and controversy in the U.S. military—the 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' law was meant to be a compromise solution for allowing gays to serve in the military, albeit without being open about their sexuality. The one thing on which almost everyone agrees on both sides of the debate is that DADT has been a disaster, only adding to the confusion over the exact policy of gays in the military. Both sides get their shot at DADT tonight, as Congress moves to vote on the Murphy Amendment that will repeat Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in favor of a new compromise that allows gays to serve openly, if a Pentagon review ultimately concludes that gay soldiers will not adversely affect the military readiness of the American armed forces. Republicans are planning a unified opposition of the repeal while gay rights groups still aren’t totally satisfied with this latest compromise. How will gay soldiers be able to serve after tonight?


Alexander Nicholson, a former U.S. Army human intelligence collector, he is Executive Director, of Servicemembers United, a national organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans and their allies

Tommy Sears, Executive Director of the Center for Military Readiness