Congress Wednesday held the first hearing on the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy since it was instituted 15 years ago. Some Democrats envision a major push to repeal the underlying law next year. A look at the policy’s role in today’s armed forces and shifting public and political views on gays on the military.


  • Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis, US Army (Ret.) Strategist who consults with the U.S. Army; member of the Secretary of Defense's retired military analyst group; former vice president for policy with the Family Research Council; before retiring from the Army in 1993, served as adviser to the Defense Department Military Working Group on homosexuals in the military; also served as inspector general at the Pentagon and as chief of the ethics and training branch of the U.S. Army Infantry School.
  • Capt. Joan Darrah, US Navy (Ret.) Former Naval intelligence officer
  • Aaron Belkin Associate professor of political science at the University of California at Santa Barbara; founder and director of the University's Michael D. Palm Center
  • Rep. Susan Davis Democratic congresswoman representing California's 53rd district; chair of the House Armed Services Committee on Personnel

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