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To Discuss "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy, Federal Injunction
The Story: A federal judge has issued an injunction stopping enforcement of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and ending the military's 17-year ban on openly gay servicemen and servicewomen. According to Carnegie Mellon University's Timothy J. Haggerty, "The ruling by Judge Virginia Phillips issuing an injunction ceasing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is a historic ruling that reinforces the proposition that gay men and lesbians deserve the same rights and opportunities that other citizens enjoy in the United States. The policy — which was a contentious compromise when it was enacted 17 years ago — has proven difficult to enforce and has had unintended consequences both inside the service and in American culture at large. The decision to end this policy — whether through this ruling or through the further actions of Congress — will end a chapter of American social policy that is nearly 100 years old and that is now coming to a close."
Haggerty is a leading historian on cultural roles for men and policy issues concerning sexuality and military service. He was the historian on the study that resulted in "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," wrote an update to the policy in 2003, and continues to contribute articles to various publications about gays and lesbians in the military.
Availability: Professor Haggerty is available for phone or on-camera interviews.
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