They Didn’t Ask, She Didn’t Tell, and Yet…

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Does having a MySpace page on which you don’t hide the fact that you’re a lesbian constitute “telling” the military about your sexual orientation? What about kissing your girlfriend in the checkout line in Wal-Mart? It does if you serve in the Kansas Army National Guard, which recently discharged an Iraq war vet for being a lesbian.

Since “don’t ask, don’t tell” went into effect in 1993, nearly 12,500 service members have been discharged for being gay, lesbian or bisexual. Three-quarters of Americans think gay members of the military should be able to serve openly. Tell us again why ending the policy has to wait?

(h/t: Andrew (no relation) Sullivan)