“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is the common name of the Military program that is put into place to restrict efforts to discover or reveal closeted gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemen. This Tuesday, a federal judge put out a worldwide injunction that immediately stops the policy and suspends the 17 year ban on openly gay troops. The ruling also ordered the government to suspend and discontinue all pending discharges and proceedings that are currently in progress under the policy.
Gay rights activists around the world are extremely excited, because as of now, the policy has come to an end and the hope is that anyone, no matter what their sexuality, will now feel free to join the military without being discriminated against.
Obviously there is a lot of controversy around this issue and the argument I’m sure is far from being over but hopefully this is a step in the right direction. In the past other moves have been made but they have all gone without avail. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.