One Year Later, Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell a ‘Nonissue’
The repeal of the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy that allowed gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers to serve openly was supposed to have sent shock waves through the all-volunteer force. Along with severe drops in morale, the repeal would also affect unit cohesion and impact leadership in the chain-of-command.
As it turns out, the repeal is essentially a nonissue, according to an independent report released last week by sources in the military.While the repeal of DADT had no significant effect on military readiness, it did have a profound effect in changing the conversation on gay rights throughout the United States– and as the public opinion on gay rights continues to change, so does the political landscape.
The following video from the Daily Beast talks about the initial surprising holdouts on DADT and offers insight into the politics that made the repeal a reality.