Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has become one of the most controversial policies in American history. The Clinton-era restriction forbids American soldiers from disclosing or inquiring about their or someone else’s homosexuality. Thousands of soldiers have been discharged under this bit of official discrimination, including a young man named Jason Knight.
Knight came out back in 2004, accepted a discharge and forfeited his Navy career. By some miracle – or, perhaps, the military’s selective memory – Knight’s back in action. From Stars and Stripes:
On his wedding night in July 2004, then-Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Knight finally accepted a truth he had fought against for years: he was gay.
Almost immediately, he moved to get his marriage annulled. He apologized to the woman he’d married. And when it came time to explain his changing circumstances to the Navy, he left nothing out. Under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, he was quickly discharged from the service.
But now – whether through a clerical oversight or what some claim is an unwritten change in policy to keep more gay servicemembers in the ranks at a time of war – Jason Knight is back on active duty.
Since promoted to petty officer second class, Knight is finishing a scheduled one-year tour in Kuwait with Naval Customs Battalion Bravo. And, already kicked out of the Navy once, he sees no need to hide his sexual orientation.
Could it be the military has finally learned the error of its anti-gay ways? Or did Knight just slip through the bureaucratic cracks? Could be the former, for the Navy that asked Knight back. It seems the tide’s a changin’…
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Oh, Nevermind [Queersighted]