“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Should We Be Asking Now?

Sam Nunn, former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committe, and an individual who played a key role in developing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays and lesbians in the 1990s is now raising questions about the policy’s relevance to modern times. Nunn worked with Professor Charles Moskos in developing the policy during the early years of the Clinton administration. Nunn says that Moskos, who played a key role in developing the concept, only regarded it as a temporary compromise, not as a permanent policy. Sam Nunn now suggests, “it is appropriate to take another look at it, see how it is working, ask the hard question, hear from the military” as to whether they want it continued. As Nunn now points out, “times have changed” and it is time to rethink if we need a new policy.

It is a healthy sign when a conservative like Sam Nunn is raising questions concerning rights of gays and lesbians.