Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Officer Discharged From The Army After Saying He’s Gay
Dan Choi is a lieutenant in the U.S. Army who graduated from West Point. He served in Iraq, is willing to go back, and is an Arabic language specialist. Sounds good, right? Well, apparently Choi is not good enough for the military, because after he admitted he was gay on the “Rachel Maddow Show” on March 19th, the army sent him a letter, officially discharging him. According to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy,” which Obama has vowed to change, admitting that you are gay “constitutes homosexual conduct.” The army accused Choi of “moral or professional dereliction.” Choi plans to fight the decision and a campaign has already been launched to help him out. [MSNBC]Earlier this year, a woman violated “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and she was also discharged from the military. She wrote a letter to Obama asking him to reverse the policy. Recently, she got a handwritten note from the prez, promising to work on this whack policy. However, Obamzies thinks the whole thing could take a while because it needs Congressional approval.
Watch Dan Choi on “Rachel Maddow” last night and tell us what you think about his whole situation.