HOUSTON VOICE • DECEMBER 17, 1999
inside First Bradley, then Hillary, then Bill, then Gore
Around the South 5
Judge sides with schools in hiv suit 5 The nation's Democrats
Bush aide says gay GOP too critical 5 | jne Up against the
Ky. legislature, courts to rule on military ban 3S a jury
goy rights lows 5 . ' .
Gay prosecutor to face well-funded challenger 5 COnVICtS an Army private
Sheriff criticized for onli-gay views 5 of murdering a fellow
Around the Nation... .7 so|d jer believed to be gay
Judge allows death penalty in boy's murder . .7
Army recommends discharge for legislator .. .7
Wells Fargo Bank charged with discrimination .7 by t.AURA BROWN
County negligent in Brandon Teeno's death . .7
FDA tries to holt alternative remedies 7 ,. Pr°mPted> *e "olent murder of a sol-
„ . . . , . n _ . ,_ dier believed to be gay, Vice President Al
Police looking for (ewelry in Big Easy murder 10 Gore announced Monday he would seek t0
Hawaii court rules against gay marriage ...13 overturn the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on
openly gay service members, meaning both
Democratic presidential candidates now
oppose the policy.
Former Sen. Bill Bradley, Gore's opponent in the Democratic primary, said in
September he would work to overturn the
ban. In an interview that same month, Gore
said only that he supported a more "compassionate" enforcement of DADT.
Gore's announcement several days of
mounting political criticism of the "Don't
Ask Don't Tell" policy, including shots from
President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary
Clinton, who has announced her intent to
run for the U.S. Senate seat from New York.
But Congressional Republicans and military leaders quickly warned that all the talk
doesn't mean the policy faces repeal in the
Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), chair of the
Senate Armed Services Committee, told the
Associated Press Tuesday that revisiting
the policy should not take place "in the
heated rhetoric of an election year."
Warner, who backed DADT and whose
committee would oversee efforts to change
the policy, said he was concerned about the
soldier's murder and discrimination
against gays in the military.
But, he added, "the wise and fair course
for future congressional action, particularly
in view of the profound impact of these
issues on military readiness," would be for
Congress to "await a complete review by
the next administration, and then promptly
consider any specific recommendations for
On Tuesday, the White House acknowledged Congress was unlikely to overturn
DADT, and said the admistration's "time
and energy" would be better spent working
to improve implementation of the policy.
DADT called a 'failure'
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue"
was passed in 1993 as a compromise when
Congress refused to support President
Clinton's campaign goal of overturning the
ban on gay soldiers altogether.
The DADT compromise, which allows
gays to serve in the military so long as
they do not disclose their sexual orientation or engage in homosexual acts, was
designed in part to help prevent witch
hunts aimed at rooting out gay soldiers.
But critics have long contended the policy fails to protect gay soldiers from witch-
Editorial: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' don't work . 8
Aiveor: LCR ploys the civil rights doormat 9
Letters: Gore, Bradley ond lesbians 9
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Bill Bradley, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and Al Gore in recent days have all criticized the military's
ban on openly gay members.
hunts, discrimination and harassment, and
discharges of gay service members have
risen every year since DADT was implemented—increasing from 617 in 1994 to
1,149 last year.
On the campaign trail in New York,
Hillary Clinton told a group of gay contributors Dec. 7 that she would advocate overturning the ban on gays in the military. The
First Lady, a candidate for U.S. Senate in
New York, declared the policy a "failure,"
those attending the private fund-raiser said.
On Saturday, President Clinton told CBS
News he was "quite sympathetic" with his
wife's views. "What I'd like to do is focus
on trying to make the policy we announced
back in '93 work the way it was intended
to, 'cause it's way out of whack now, and I
don't think any serious person can say it's
not," Clinton said.
On Thursday, Clinton told leading gay
and lesbian Democrats during a
Democratic National Committee luncheon
that the best way to bring about change in
the controversial policy on gays in the U.S.
military was through the ballot box.
"The president said we had made a lot of
progress in changing attitudes in the country but there was a still a long way to go,"
an administration official said after the
closed-door question and answer session.
"He urged them to get involved in winning
the hearts and minds of candidates for
Congress in the upcoming election cycle."
A 'sobering' murder
After deliberating for less than two hours
Dec. 8, a military jury found Army Pvt. Calvin
N. Glover, 18, guilty of premeditated murder
in the July 5 death of Pfc. Barry Winchell.
Winchell died after being beaten with a
baseball bat as he slept in his barracks at
Fort Campbell. Rumors that Winchell was
gay had circulated on the base, military
officials testified during Glover's trial, and
he was viciously harassed in the weeks
leading up to his killing. But his superiors
testified that the DADT policy had interfered with their ability to investigate
harassment against him.
In a statement released Monday, Gore
cited the case as the impetus for the
change in his public opinion on DADT.
In the wake of the murder, the
Pentagon said Monday it would order an
investigation at major military bases over
the next 90 days to determine if gay soldiers were being harassed.
But two days later, Defense Secretary
William Cohen said he did not expect the
Pentagon to change its controversial policy
toward gays in the U.S. military, and especially not during President Clinton's
remaining year in office.
"I do not expect the policy to be
changed—certainly not during this administration," Cohen said at a press conference
during a visit to Dover Air Force Base in
But the secretary said he was determined
to see that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on lesbians and gays in the military be
implemented fairly and that was why he
ordered the Pentagon's inspector general to
conduct a spot investigation at major military bases on the issue.
Advocates for gay service members said
they question whether the survey will produce valid results, since a soldier would
violate the DADT policy and be subject to
discharge just by acknowledging their .sexual orientation to investigators or discussing harassment because of it.
"The big question is can gay people participate in this survey without getting fired from
their jobs," C. Dixon Osbum, co-executive
director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense
Network in Washington, told the New York
Times. "How do you trust anyone, especially at
a base where an anti-gay murder took place?"
Pentagon officials said those conducting
will be charged with investigating those
who commit the harassment, not those who
report it. Yet anything short of removing
the ban won't end the discrimination,
George W. Bush, the Republican front-
runner, has said he supports the ban on
openly gay service members. Sen. John
McCain (R-Ariz.), Bush's closest competitor
for the GOP nomination, also supports
DADT, and has criticized Clinton and Gore
for attacking the policy without discussing
the issues with military leaders.
Another GOP presidential hopeful,
Gary Bauer, also criticized Clinton and
Gore for their views on gays in the military Tuesday during a campaign stop in
New Hampshire. Bauer said the military
shouldn't be used to "try out some liberal idea"—whether it was women in combat, co-ed training or allowing openly
"The purpose of the military is to win
wars and defend the United States of
America," he said. "It's not to be a sociological playground for either Bill Clinton's
theories or anybody else's theories."