Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Debating the Gay Ban in the Military

TitleDon't Ask, Don't Tell: Debating the Gay Ban in the Military
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsBelkin, Aaron, and Geoffrey Bateman
Number of Pages201
PublisherLynne Rienner Publishers
CityBoulder, CO

Conservatives and liberals agree that President Bill Clinton's effort to lift the military's gay ban was perhaps one of the greatest blunders of his tenure in office. Conservatives argue that Clinton should have left well enough alone; liberals believe that he should have ordered the military to accept homosexuals rather than agreeing to the compromise "don't ask, don't tell" policy. In this book, experts of both persuasions come together to debate the critical aspects of the gays-in-the-military issue. The participants consider whether homosexuals undermine military performance; whether they threaten heterosexual privacy; and whether the experiences of militaries in other countries have relevance for the United States. They also explore the human, organizational, and dollar costs of the present policy. The editors provide a thorough context for the transcripts of the deliberations, as well as a discussion of the implications of the participants' conclusions for current U.S. policy.

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