With the prospects for repealing the U.S. military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy looking ever dimmer, two local groups will hold a vigil to remember the men and women discharged due to the policy.
The Greater Cincinnati Human Rights Campaign and the Alliance, a student group at Xavier University, will hold the vigil Nov. 15 at the greenspace area on Xavier's campus.
To date, about 14,500 LGBT veterans have been dismissed since the policy was enacted in 1993.
When it originally was crafted by President Clinton's administration, the policy was intended as a compromise to letting gay and lesbian personnel serve openly, and its full name was “Don't Ask, Don't Tell and Don't Pursue.” The "Don’t Pursue" clause established what is minimally required to initiate an investigation.
In practice, though, military investigators often have aggressively pursued inquiries into the sexual orientation of service members.
The local vigil will feature veterans and Human Rights Campaign members talking about the importance of repealing DADT this year.
The event will be held at 8 p.m. at the university, located at 3800 Victory Parkway in Evanston. The greenspace is located at the corner of Ledgewood and Herald, near Husman Hall.