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LGBT Law in the Military

The documents posted below provide factual information and historic context on the issue of gays in the military.

Text of the 1993 law, Section 654, Title 10, U.S.C.  (Note that the law passed by Congress is not the same as the administrative policy, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell.")

CMR Summary: Ten Reasons to Oppose the "LGBT Law" or Policy for the Military

CMR Policy Analysis with Charts:

Statement of the Flag & General Officers for the Military, personally signed by 1,167 retired military leaders as of May 2010, 51 of them former four-stars.  (All signatures returned by regular mail and on file.)

Additional information is provided in relevant sections of an article by CMR President Elaine Donnelly, titled “Constructing the Co-Ed Military,” in the June 2007 edition of the Duke University Journal of Gender Law & Policy:

The text of the section of "Constructing the Co-Ed Military" that analyzes the legislative history and current public relations campaign for homosexuals in the military also is available here:

  • On July 23, 2008, CMR President Elaine Donnelly testified before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, in support of Section 654, Title 10, the law stating that homosexuals are not eligible to be in the military.  A Summary of her HASC Testimony is available here.  The full length version of her HASC Testimony is available here.

  • Donnelly was accompanied by Sgt. Maj. Brian Jones, USA (Ret.) a former Ranger and Delta Force soldier who was part of a Special Operations Forces team involved in the incident known as "Black Hawk Down. " The Statement of Brian Jones is posted here.   

More information is available in the "Issues" section of this website, under "Gays in the Military."  In addition, news and commentary on this topic can be researched by key word in current and archived editions of the “CMR Notes” section of this website. Researchers may request a temporary password through info@cmrlink.org.

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