This week's question is about a topic that has been debated off and on for 16 years after Bill Clinton signed a law setting the policy. It is up for debate again.
The law became known as the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.
This is a good description of the law by Wikepedia.
Don't ask, don't tell is the common term for the policy about homosexuality in the U.S. military mandated by federal law Pub.L. 103-160 (10 U.S.C. § 654). Unless one of the exceptions from 10 U.S.C. § 654(b) applies, the policy prohibits anyone who "demonstrate(s) a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts" from serving in the armed forces of the United States, because "it would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability." The act prohibits any homosexual or bisexual person from disclosing his or her sexual orientation or from speaking about any homosexual relationships, including marriages or other familial attributes, while serving in the United States armed forces. The "don't ask" part of the policy indicates that superiors should not initiate investigation of a service member's orientation in the absence of disallowed behaviors, though mere suspicion of homosexual behavior can cause an investigation.
So, what are your thoughts? Should the law be repealed? Would allowing openly gay people serve in the military effect performance or moral? Does sexual orientation matter?
A poll of military personnel I saw showed a pretty evenly split opinion of approximately one third for repealing the law, one third keeping it, and one third with no opinion. What do you think about it?