Today, the U.S. military changed its rules and started allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly.
At 12:01 a.m., the old “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule that has been in force since the Clinton administration is gone. In its place is a policy designed to be blind to sexual orientation. Its estimated that there are approximately 70,000 “currently serving” lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military personnel.
Some in Congress still oppose the change, but top Pentagon leaders have certified that it will not undermine the military’s ability to recruit or to fight wars.
Pentagon press secretary George Little said that the military is adequately prepared for the end of the current policy, commonly known as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” under which gays can serve as long as they don’t openly acknowledge their sexual orientation and commanders are not allowed to ask.