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March 05, 2008
First Circuit to Hear Arguments in "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Service men and women are seeking reinstatement in the
Sociological expert available for comment.
Since 1993, more than 11,000 service members have been dismissed under the
policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." On Wednesday March 7, 2007, the federal First
Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, Massachusetts, will here oral arguments in
Cook v. Gates, and challenge the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on
lesbian, gay, and bisexual service men and women. The 12 plaintiffs are seeking
reinstatement in the armed forces.
In November, the American
Sociological Association filed a research-based Amicus Brief on behalf of Social
Scientists, stating sexual orientation does not affect job performance.
Dr. David Segal, Professor of Sociology at the University of
Maryland-College Park, Director of the Center for Research on Military
Organization, and a co-author of the brief, is available for interviews and
To request an interview or comment, contact Sujata Sinha at
202-247-9871 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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