‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell', Don't Appeal

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Pentagon to stop discharging openly gay service members because of their sexual orientation.  Bernie is among 21 senators who signed a letter urging the Justice Department not to appeal the ruling. The policy "harms military readiness, as well as the morale and the cohesiveness of our armed forces, at a time when our military's resources are strained and the unity is critically important.  For every person discharged after ten years of service, six new servicemembers would need to be recruited to recover the level of experience lost by that discharge.  This not only weakens our military, but neither is it an effective use of our government resources or taxpayer moneies," wrote the senators.

To read the letter, click here.