Don't Ask, Don't Tell



July 18, 1993   Congressman Meehan criticizes Sen. Sam Nunn and his proposal to “allow the military to expel men or women who show "a propensity to engage in homosexual acts.” Said that if Clinton backs Aspin’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue” proposal, he will oppose it because it will "still legitimize bigotry . . . and allow witch hunts”
February 3, 1995 Gay and lesbian service members state that the new “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy has not helped their experience in the military, rather, has cultivated an even more hostile environment. Military officers continue to ask questions regarding sexuality to new recruits. As of now, it cost the military $584 million dollars to replace discharged homosexual service members.
June 6, 1997 Meehan writes a letter to Frederick Pang of the Defense Department to “commend” the office and Pentagon for conducting an official review of specific allegations regarding the DADT policy. Points out that recruit forms still ask prospective recruits if they are gay or bisexual and that the “Don’t Tell” part of policy has expanded to even psychologists and doctors of service members, often leading to their dismissal if confiding in them.
August 1, 1997 Congressman Meehan was involved in writing a letter to William Cohen, Secretary to Department of Defense, regarding the dismissal of LTC Steven Loomis on grounds other than that of consensual homosexual conduct. Army discovers Loomis’ homosexual conduct in ways violating DADT.
August 5, 1997 Congressman Meehan writes letter to Togo D. West, Secretary of the Army, explaining injustices against LTC Loomis. Loomis was refused treatment for upper respiratory issues/dismissed from the Army 5 days before his retirement because of consensual homosexual conduct. He was also a victim of arson, when searching through Loomis’ belongings, a videotape exposing him to engaging in consensual homosexual conduct was found. Therefore, he was pursued.
January 14, 1998 Congressman Meehan signed a letter to Secretary of Defense John Dalton concerning the Tim McVeigh case. McVeigh was discharged after he was linked to an AmericaOnline profile under the name “Tim” with a marital status “gay”. The Navy called AmericaOnline, not identifying themselves as the Navy, and inquired if the profile belonged to McVeigh. AmericaOnline confirmed that it did belong to McVeigh. Thus, the Navy went against the DADT policy and actively pursued questions into McVeigh’s sexuality.
January 28, 1998 Judge Stanley Sporkin blocks the Navy’s discharge of Chief Petty Officer Timothy McVeigh.
April 6, 1998 Defense Department releases report stating military is discharging 67% more gay and lesbian service members since instituting DADT. William S. Cohen, Secretary of Defense, offers suggestion that a spike in numbers is due largely to more troops offering up confessions of homosexuality to purposely be discharged. Number of discharged goes from 850 in 1996 to 1,000 in 1997.
April 17, 1998 Cohen orders new guidelines to “enforce and explain” DADT to better implement it.
January 19, 1999 Congressman Meehan sends letter to Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen regarding DADT policy. He asks for a re-evaluation and review of the policy because, quite simply, it is ineffective. He points out that there have been a lot of reports of commanding officers asking about sexuality to troops. Calls for: (1) to “clarify the ‘Dorn memo’, instructs commanders to investigate hate crimes/harassment.” (2) “Require inspectors general to evaluate unit training on policy”. (3) “Issue guidance on pretrial agreements to illicit identities” of LGBT service members. (4) “Suggest that officials consult with higher authorities before conducting investigation or inquiry”. He points out that the report fails to recommend mental health professionals don’t turn in gay service members who confide in them, suggests that policy should add in that these professionals should not turn in those that confide in them.
July 5, 1999 Barry Winchell is murdered, Cohen expands DADT to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Harass”.
January 21, 2000  Status report on homosexuals in the military outlines all the changes that have occurred to DADT policy; including Cohen’s inclusion of the “Don’t Harass” aspect, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network’s changes to DADT investigations, and the letter to Cohen asking him to review DADT because it “is far from sufficient”.
July 19, 2000 Inspector General’s report states that “no commanders are to be faulted in the Barry Winchell case.” 
March 22, 2004 Report released from Human Rights Campaign that outlines what Meehan has done for LGBT rights in the military; his first floor amendment in Congress was to replace DADT w/ a nondiscriminatory policy.
March 2, 2005 Meehan introduces Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2005, with the purpose of replacing DADT as “a policy of nondiscrimination on sexual orientation” in the Armed Forces.
2007-2008 Meehan introduces the bill in Congress again, Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2007.