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After Don't Ask, Don't Tell: The Meaning of Repeal to America

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

"Don't ask, don't tell" -- the policy and even the mere phrase -- says much about who we are as Americans. What we do in its wake will help shape what it means to be an American in the twenty-first century -- well beyond the rise and fall of this bizarre and convoluted law.

In Ending DADT, America Comes Out of the Closet

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

If there's one lesson we should have learned in the debate over gay service, it's that "don't ask, don't tell" was never about military effectiveness. It was a moral and political abuse of power, propped up by a ban on speaking truth to that power.

Life Support for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell": Are Democrats the Problem?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nathaniel Frank

Despite the military's move to relax and soon do away with "don't ask, don't tell," repeal in Congress is in grave peril. Obama should repeal the misguided policy through the 2011 Defense Authorization bill.

Peg Mullen Dead, Author Of Unfriendly Fire

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

LA PORTE CITY, Iowa — Peg Mullen, an author and former Iowa farm wife who hounded the U.S. military to find the truth about her son's death in V...

As Congress Moves to End Gay Ban, Don't Let History Repeat Itself

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Rep. Ellen Tauscher has just announced she'll introduce a bill to repeal the ban on open gays in the military, a momentous step that comes on the 15th anniversary of this highly unpopular policy.

Religious Right Trolls "Horror Stories" to Oppose Gay Troops

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

I set out to learn if reason or prejudice was behind the gay ban in the military.