Leslie Stahl interviews out gay Army medic Sergeant Darren Manzella this Sunday on 60 Minutes on CBS. In her reporter’s notebook at the 60 Minutes site, Stahl asks, “Is the military more tolerant of gay members in wartime?”
Manzella’s commander reported him, as he was obliged to do, and then “I had to go see my battalion commander, who read me my rights,” he says. He turned over pictures of him and his boyfriend, including video of a passionate kiss, to aid the investigation. But to his surprise, “I was told to go back to work. There was no evidence of homosexuality,” says Manzella. “‘You’re not gay,'” he says his superiors told him. This response confused him and, he says, the closest a superior officer came to addressing his sexuality was to say “I don’t care if you’re gay or not.”
It really seems as though the days of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” are numbered. I hope Sergeant Manzilla’s courage, and the courage of his chain of command, will inspire others to take similar action.
(Hat tip to The Bilerico Project.)