US ruling on gays splits opinion

"Don't ask, don't tell" policy allows gay military personnel to serve if sexual orientation is kept secret.

    A US court has banned the military from stopping openly gay men and women from serving.

    Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, has criticised the ruling that would end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. He says an abrupt end to the ban on gay personnel serving openly in the armed forces would have "enormous consequences".

    He also says that the decision should be made by the US congress and that he supports lifting bans once Pentagon prepares a plan to minimise disruptions.

    On the other hand, gay-rights activists have backed the court's decision, saying that the ruling will prompt a more open culture within the US military.

    Speaking to Al Jazeera, Mike Almy, an officer discharged from US air force, shared his views on the judge's ruling.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The Power Worshippers: A look inside the American religious right

    The Power Worshippers: A look inside the American religious right

    An insight into the history and present of Christian nationalism, the movement behind Donald Trump's religious support.

    Mapping US police killings of Black Americans

    Mapping US police killings of Black Americans

    Black Americans are two-and-a-half times as likely as white Americans to be killed by police officers.

    From the plague to MERS: A brief history of pandemics

    From the plague to MERS: A brief history of pandemics

    What you need to know about the other pandemics that shook the world.