Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Bridget Altenburg

Local Military Personnel Get OK to Show Gay Pride

Thanks to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, gay and lesbian soldiers and sailors have been told by top brass that it is OK to be out and proud.

WBBM Newsradio–06/22/2012

President Obama

Obama Announces Support For Same-Sex Marriages

A day after voters in North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, President Barack Obama told ABC News that “same sex couples should be able to get married.”

CBS Chicago–05/09/2012

Lee Reinhart (Personal Photo)

Sailor Kicked Out Under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Re-Enlists

A 38-year old man on Monday became the first man in Illinois to re-enlist in the military after being kicked out of the service because he’s gay.

WBBM Newsradio–10/24/2011

Marquell Smith

Ex-Marine Celebrating End Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

The military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on homosexuals serving in the armed forces comes to an end on Tuesday and gay men and women will be allowed to serve openly. The repeal comes four years after Marquell Smith says he was kicked out of the U.S. Marines for being gay.

CBS Chicago–09/19/2011

Gay Rights

Gay Chicago Man Booted From Military Reflects On ‘Don’t Ask’ Policy

The U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is scheduled to officially end tomorrow–and for at least one gay man who’s been in frequent touch with a Navy recruiter in Chicago, it’s hard to believe the end is almost here.


Photo Of Lee Reinhart In Uniform. (Personal Photo)

Gay Man Ready To Enlist, Give His Life

A Chicago man kicked out eight years ago under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has contacted a recruiter and could become the first openly gay man in Illinois to enlist.

WBBM Newsradio–12/20/2010

(Credit: AP)

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Long Overdue, Lobbyists Say

The Senate may have voted 65 to 31 to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy this weekend, but the particulars allowing gays to openly serve in the military will take months to approve and implement.


Marquell Smith

Chicago Man Kicked Out Of Marines Under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

A Chicago man says he was kicked out of the Marines four years ago under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

WBBM Newsradio–12/19/2010

(Credit: AP)

Kirk Vote Helps Pass Repeal Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

New Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has broken with his party to support repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays in the military.


The 2 Teachers

CBS 2 School: Civil Rights Case Study

The newest efforts to advance civil rights has provided a case study in the complexity and flexibility of the American governing system.

CBS Chicago–12/03/2010

Lee Reinhart (Personal Photo)

Kicked Out Under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, He Wants To Re-Enlist

With news that Pentagon is accepting openly gay recruits, he hopes to resume military service.

WBBM Newsradio–10/20/2010