In The Line Of Duty Or Discrimination?
The U.S. House has voted to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the policy that bans gay and lesbian people from serving in the military. The Senate is expected to take up the issue later this year and a military-wide study is underway to assess the effects of lifting the 17-year-old ban. In the meantime, the ban is still in effect and two service members share their stories about living and working under the policy. Lt. Colonel Victor Fehrenbach, a decorated Iraq war veteran under investigation for possibly violating the policy, is asking a federal court to block what he believes is his looming discharge. He says his sexual orientation is irrelevant in the battlefield. Fehrenbach’s lawyer, Andrew Woodmansee, explains the premise of the case. And Katherine Miller, a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, discusses her life on the West Point campus and her decision to out herself and resign last week.