Suspension of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Brings Many to Recruiting Stations

Oct 22, 2010 • Culture, Freedom, News

The Pentagon has told military recruiters that they must accept gay applicants. Lt. Dan Choi, who was honorably discharged in July under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy (DADT) headed to the recruiting station at Times Square with gay rights advocate David Mixner and Justin Elzie, who was also honorably discharged under DADT in 1997.

Choi has made a name for himself telling his story as well as co-founding Westpoint alumni LGBT rights activism group Knights Out, and playing a part in several peaceful protests intending to end DADT.

At the Marine Corps recruiting office, Choi was told he was too old to join. Choi submitted an application to the Army. He is one of many seeking re-enlistment.

These applications are being processed, though it’s entirely possible that the moratorium against DADT could be lifted, despite US District Judge Virginia A. Phillips September ruling that DADT is unconstitutional.

Click to watch a moving speech by Lt. Dan Choi about coming out on NakedCity LA.

Information from The Advocate.