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The latest news about the effects of repealing the U.S. military's "don’t ask, don't tell" policy. Introduced by Bill Clinton as a comprimise measure that allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the militrary branches, DADT went into effect in 1994 and mandated that service members stay in the closet about their sexual orientation. Proponents cited to "unit cohesion," "high standards of morale," and "good order and discipline" as reasons for DADT's necessity. President Barack Obama ended the policy in 2011.

Some are seeing barriers because of the type of discharge they received, even after the government announced a simplified process.

July 14 2022 7:30 PM

“For far too long, thousands of courageous individuals have been told that they are not worthy of the same benefits that their comrades and counterparts earned,” Velis said.

May 26 2022 10:45 AM

This servicemember will not accept injustice, wherever it may occur.

December 18 2021 1:58 PM

The military leader and former secretary of State also eventually endorsed marriage equality.

October 18 2021 2:00 PM

Ten years after the repeal, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta reflects on its benefits to the armed forces.

September 20 2021 2:58 PM

The repeal, which took effect 10 years ago today, "helped move our nation closer to its foundational promise of equality, dignity, and opportunity for all," Biden said.

September 20 2021 7:30 AM

Coons, who championed repeal during his first month in office, discusses progress made and progress needed in a video for The Advocate.

December 22 2020 2:39 PM