08 June 2009

Supreme Court rejects hearing Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Today the Supreme Court of the United States rejected hearing a case from 12 American veterans who challenged the constitutionality of the Clinton-era Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. U.S. Army Captain James Pietrangelo II, an openly gay man, and 11 other veterans were dismissed under the DADT but the high court declined to hear their appeal. The case is Pietrangelo v. Gates, 08-824.

Australia has permitted openly gay troops in its ranks since 1992 with no problems. Other countries that allow gay citizens to serve in their military include Argentina, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

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