Don't ask, don't tell (DADT) is the common term for the policy restricting the United States military from efforts to discover or reveal closeted gay, lesbian, and bisexual servicemembers or applicants, while barring those who are openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual from military service. The restrictions are mandated by federal law Pub.L. 103-160 (10 U.S.C. § 654). Unless one of the exceptions from applies, the policy prohibits anyone who "demonstrate(s) a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts" from serving in the armed forces of the United States, because "it would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability." The act prohibits any homosexual or bisexual person from disclosing his or her sexual orientation or from speaking about any homosexual relationships, including marriages or other familial attributes, while serving in the United States armed forces.
- President Barack Obama
- [We must] repeal the law that denies gay and lesbian Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. It's the right thing to do.
- President Barack Obama (January 27, 2010), as part of his 2010 State of the Union Address — reported in Hornick, Ed (January 28, 2010). "Activists praise Obama's 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal pledge". CNN. Retrieved on 2010-10-28.
- I fully support the president's decision.
- Robert Gates (February 2, 2010), on decision of President Barack Obama to seek a repeal of the policy — reported in Shear, Michael D. (February 3, 2010). "McCain appears to shift on 'don't ask, don't tell'". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). Retrieved on 2010-10-28.
- It is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do. ... I cannot escape being troubled in the fact that we have in place a policy that forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. For me, personally, it comes down to integrity. Theirs as individuals and ours as an institution.
- Senator Ted Kennedy
- Mr. President, this November marks 10 years since our Nation imposed the discriminatory law known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on the lesbian, gay, and bisexual patriots of our Nation. During the past decade, almost 10,000 men and women have been fired from our Armed Forces simply because of their sexual orientation.
- Senator John McCain
- The day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, 'Senator, we ought to change the policy,' then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it.
- At this moment of immense hardship for our armed services, we should not be seeking to overturn the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.
- John McCain (February 2, 2010), at a United States Senate hearing where Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen stated they supported the decision of President Barack Obama to seek a repeal of the policy — reported in Shear, Michael D. (February 3, 2010). "McCain appears to shift on 'don't ask, don't tell'". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). Retrieved on 2010-10-28.
- Furthermore, there is no adequate remedy at law to prevent the continued violation of servicemembers' rights or to compensate them for violation of their rights.
- There is no evidence that wounded troops care about the sexual orientation of the flight nurse or medical technician tending to their wounds.
- Judge Ronald B. Leighton (September 24, 2010), ruling in federal court case, Witt v. Department of the Air Force — reported in Johnson, Gene (September 24, 2010). "Federal judge orders lesbian reinstated to Air Force". MSNBC. Retrieved on 2010-10-28.
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- Pub.L. 103-160 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994
- Department of Defense Directive 1332.14
- Center for Military Readiness
- 10 U.S.C. § 654 – the policy concerning homosexuality in the armed forces
- Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports regarding Gays and U.S. Military Policy
- Human Rights Campaign
- Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
- Chronology of "Don't ask, don't tell"
- Michael D. Palm Center
- Blue Alliance – LGBT Alumni of the US Air Force Academy
- Knights Out – LGBT Alumni of the US Military Academy
- USNA Out – LGBT Alumni of the US Naval Academy
- Thomasson v. Perry – The first test of "Don't ask, don't tell" to reach the Supreme Court was turned down without comment and without setting a precedent.
- - OutServe – An Underground Network of Active Duty/Guard/Reserve
- Pte. Bethany Smith, lesbian denied DADT Discharge – the first gay american soldier to seek Canadian refugee status on the basis of sexual orientation
- In Landmark Ruling, Judge Rules "Don’t Ask Don't Tell" Policy is Unconstitutional - video report by Democracy Now!
- Podcast: Why the American Medical Association (AMA) Supports the Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell