A Look Back: Bill Clinton Defends Original “Don’t Ask”

As we edge closer to Tuesday’s implementation of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal, Queerty is taking a look back at the some of the stories that have brought us to this point.


Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell remains a stain on America’s liberal democracy.

The discriminatory policy, however, was never meant to be used for nefarious purposes, says Bill Clinton. The former president delved into the pressing matter while campaigning for his wife, saying: “[Gay soldiers] would be free to live their lives; as long as they didn’t go marching in gay rights parades or go to gay bars in uniform… In uniform… and talk about it on duty, they would be all right.” It wasn’t until after Secretary of State Colin Powell left office that anti-gay forces began using the policy to repress homo soldiers.