don't ask don't tell

Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

Gov. Rick Perry is promising to reinstate the ban on gays serving openly in the military if he’s elected president, but he’s not sure yet what to do with the ones who have already come out of the closet.

This summer, President Obama certified that the U.S. military was ready to end its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which had been in effect since 1993. Congress passed a law late last year overturning the policy, and it officially ended on Sept. 20.

Man at Don't Ask Don't Tell protest
Image courtesy Flickr user M.V. Jantzen http://www.flickr.com/photos/mvjantzen

A Pentagon spokesperson is telling media that military recruiters can now accept openly gay and lesbian applicants. The order follows a ruling by a federal judge that struck down the military's "don't ask don't tell" rule. CNN talked to the spokesperson: