Support Crumbling for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," NGLTF Says

Dec. 14, 1999-Several recent events, statements by political leaders and recently released polling data all are coming together to show that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue," policy toward gays and lesbians serving in the military may be crumbling under the combined weight of hypocrisy and discrimination, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force said today.

Within the past week, the following events have occurred:

"'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is dying," said NGLTF Political Director Rebecca Isaacs. "This policy is simply wrong and 57 percent of conservatives and 70 percent of moderates agree that gays and lesbians should be able to serve without discrimination. Yet only two candidates for president have called for eliminating 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' It is obvious that some politicians are out of touch with their constituents. This policy is ruining lives and ruining careers and it is time that we elected a president and a Congress that will allow all gays and lesbians to serve their country."


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