The End of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
Shortly before Christmas, President Barack Obama signed into law a repeal of the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prohibited gay and lesbian personnel from serving openly in the U.S. armed services. It’s an important milestone in the nation’s military history and a symbol of changing attitudes on the part of the populace as a whole.
In 2001 our youngest son, Jim, told my wife, Karen, and me that he is gay. Since that time we have watched that evolution of society through his eyes as well as our own.
I recall many years ago hearing a rhetorical question posed by my father, who was an outspoken liberal on the subject of racial justice but not on sexual matters. He asked, “Why would anyone want to go to bed with another guy when there are so many good-looking gals available?” My own thinking at the time was similar to his. When Dad died in 2004 at the age of 92, the minister who spoke at his funeral made a point of saying that my father had come to embrace his church’s open acceptance of gays and lesbians.