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Time line: "don't ask, don't tell".

1993: The "don't ask, don't tell" policy is crafted by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network forms to support gay soldiers.

1996: A witch hunt for gays explodes at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii after an airman names 17 military men with whom he had sex.

1998: As discharges under "don't ask, don't tell," climb, the Department of Defense issues its only review of the policy, concluding it is working well.

1998: The second U.S. circuit court of appeals upholds the policy's constitutionality.

1999: The Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military opens at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to promote the interdisciplinary analysis of gays in the military.

2000: The Department of Defense finds widespread antigay harassment in the military. An Anti-Harassment Action Plan is issued but not fully implemented.

2001: Discharges under "don't ask, don't tell" reach an all-time high of 1,273.

2003: Two retired generals and an admiral come out as gay and condemn "don't ask, don't tell." A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll finds that 79% of Americans believe gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the military.
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Author:Romesburg, Don
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 27, 2005
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