Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” former Vice President Dick Cheney came out in favor of repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. Cheney said the support of military leaders in favor of repealing the policy had convinced him that it was time for a change, saying, “Twenty years ago the military were strong advocates of ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell.’ I think things have change significantly since then.” Cheny went on to add, “I think that society has moved on. It’s partly a generational question. When the [Joint] Chiefs come forward and say ‘we think we can do it,’ is strikes me that it’s time to reconsider the policy.”
Dick Cheney’s right; it’s certainly time to reconsider “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” because it’s a policy that needs to be repealed. Putting aside the fact that our nation’s military leaders believe it’s a policy that has outlived its usefulness, repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is just the right thing to do. Gays and lesbians who want to serve in our nation’s armed forces shouldn’t be treated as second-class citizens as they try to defend the very freedom and equality that they themselves have not had.