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'Don’t Ask Don’t Tell' is still destroying lives

For 17 years, DADT provided the military with a powerful weapon to silence and retaliate against male service members who were sexually assaulted.

September 20 marks five years since Congress repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). Under DADT, openly gay and lesbian people were barred from military service.

Those already in the military but found to “demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts” were expelled.