The “Don’t ask, don’t talk” policy was the official position of the American government on the military service of homosexuals and bisexuals. Founded by the Clinton administration in February 1994, police banned military officials from discriminating against the sexual orientation of anyone who was still in the closet. It also forbade you to be open, if not open, to your sexuality.
When the policy was implemented in 1993, the ban on homosexual services that had been in force since World War II was lifted. December 2010 was a major victory for the LGBT community when the House and Senate under President Obama abolished politics. The repeal became law on September 20thth 2011.
When Clinton won the 1992 election, he announced his intention to lift the ban on homosexual military service. He took advantage of the promise during his election and made it very popular among supporters of homosexual admission to the military. He began work on a solution shortly after the inauguration, which was opposed by Sam Nunn, a Democratic senator who also chaired the Senate Armed Services Committee, and top military administrators.
After very intense deliberations, Clinton was able to push a compromise around his original plan. This compromise is known as the “don’t ask, don’t talk” policy, which mandates that homosexuals can only serve if they do not openly declare their sexual orientation. Armed forces officials continued to oppose the compromise, feeling it would affect morale.
Homosexual rights activists were dissatisfied with policies that forced military personnel into hiding. They felt that this was not an absolute acceptance as promised.
Statistics show that the law does not help homosexuals. When she operated for 15 years in 2008, 12,000 police officers were discharged from the military because they did not hide their sexuality.
Barack Obama has pledged to overthrow the policy of open service to homosexuals and lesbians.
President Obama has been slow to respond to a promise he has made. During his first year, more people were fired for homosexuality or lesbianism.
In February 2010, the Pentagon announced a study on how the abolition of the DADT would affect the military. They have also introduced regulations that make it difficult to openly dismiss gay or lesbian military personnel.
In May 2010, the House and Senate voted to repeal DADT policy. However, the repeal was on the verge of a study by the Pentagon, the president, defense minister and chief of staff.
The abolition of the DADT has been challenged by several political groups; in September 2010, a federal judge ruled in favor of prosecutors who argued the waiver was unconstitutional, later that month Republicans, among other things, put pressure on the law, and finally, in October, banned a federal judge in California. The Don’t Ask, Don’t Share rules were re-enabled later that month.
On November 30thth, 2010, published the results of a Pentagon study that showed that the abolition of DADT posed little or no risk to military effectiveness.
Senator Susan Collins introduced a stand-alone bill repealing the DADT. The same bill was presented to the House of Representatives, and the law came into force three days later. President Obama signed the law in December 2010, and after multiple certifications, it went into effect on September 20, 2011.