Thursday, April 1, 2010

Army Secretary to Ignore Don't Ask Don't Tell

Secretary of the Army John McHugh says he will simply ignore Don't Ask Don't Tell. McHugh says that it is "counterproductive" to pursue discharges of gays and lesbians, while he is simultaneously interviewing servicemembers about the anti-gay policy. Apparently, some gay or lesbian individuals have revealed their sexual orientation to McHugh during the course of his research.  McHugh says he does not want to penalize them for being open and honest. This sounds like a great approach.

McHugh's statement goes farther than the recent move by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Gates recently announced that the military would no longer discharge individuals whose gay or lesbian status was revealed by a third party. McHugh, however, will not enforce the policy against individuals who come out on their own.

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