The 1990s was where the momentum first started to pick up for the controversy surrounding Don't Ask, Don't Tell. From Sam Nunn and his controversial bill proposal, to the Timothy McVeigh and Colonel Loomis cases, Don't Ask, Don't Tell was brought to center stage in American media outlets, forcing the public and lawmakers to question its morality and value as a law. As the issue progressed further, more people started speaking out against the law. One of the most influential of the people to speak out was Lowell's Martin Meehan, who constructed a resolution for Don't Ask, Don't Tell, titled the "Military Readiness Enchancement Act".
U.S. Air Force Captain Warren Dinges was sentenced to five months in prison on account in engaging in a "legally consenting homosexual relationship". The military also bullied his partner and tried to get him to relay aspects of their relationship. This is in direct violation of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.
Lt. Colonel Loomis was discharged from the military on July 14, 1997, with one week left before he hit 20 years active duty. This would make him eligible for pension and health benefits if he were to voluntary retire. He was discharged on grounds of homosexual conduct.
ETCS(SS) Timothy McVeigh was discharged from the Navy after being linked to an AmericaOnline profile with the name "Tim" was found and the word 'gay' was used in the description. The Navy went and pursued this 'lead' and directly violated the Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue policy.