The current status of gays in the military is that A. the Army, Navy, and Air Force allow them to serve openly but not the MarinesB. they are still completely banned from the military unless they...

The current status of gays in the military is that 
A. the Army, Navy, and Air Force allow them to serve openly but not the Marines
B. they are still completely banned from the military unless they never divulge their sexual orientation
C. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” technically remains in place until the president certifies that the policy change won’t harm military readiness
D. they can serve openly because the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was repealed in 2010
E. the most important military positions, such as general or admiral, cannot be filled by homosexuals.

which is the correct answer? thanks!

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Assuming that your textbook is up to date, the correct answer for this question is Option D.  This has been true since 2011.

Between 1994 and 2011, the policy of the US military was that gay soldiers could serve legally.  However, they were only allowed to do so if they did not publicize the fact that they were gay.  The military could not try to find out if they were gay, but they also could not tell anyone that they were.  This was known as the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy. 

Democrats, in general, felt that this policy was unjust and unconstitutional.  They worked to undo the policy.  In 2011, with a Democratic president in office, the Congress passed a law repealing DADT.  Since then, gays have been able to legally and openly serve in the military.  Therefore, Option D is the correct answer.

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