THE HOMOSEXUAL EXCLUSION LAW vs. THE CLINTON "DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL" POLICY - Issues Research & Analysis
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January 7, 2002

Summary and Overview:  Why it is Important to Understand the Difference

The question of whether professed homosexuals are eligible to serve in the military remains unclear to many observers, even though Congress passed a law in 1993 that excludes homosexuals from the military.

The historic record indicates that Congress gave careful consideration to President Clinton’s plan to accommodate gays in the military, known as "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," or DADT for short. Members ultimately rejected it, however, because the concept was unworkable and indefensible in court. Contrary to inaccurate news reports, which persist to this day, the DADT policy that President Clinton formally proposed on July 19, 1993, was never adopted or codified in law. . .

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