A Few Gay Men - A Look Back at America's Military Policy on Gays

  • Aired:  09/20/11
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Jon reviews the history of the U.S. military's policy on gay soldiers, from Harry Truman's "the f**k stops here" policy to the end of "don't ask, don't tell." (3:42)

(LAUGHTER)

THE END OF THE POLICY OF "DON'T

ASK, DON'T TELL," OF COURSE, DID

PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK

BACK AT EXACTLY HOW FAR THE

MILITARY HAD COME ON THE ISSUE

OF GAY SOLDIERS.

>> IT BEGINS IN 1950 WHEN

PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN SIGNS

INTO LAW THE UNIFORM CODE OF

MILITARY JUSTICE MAKING SODOMY

ITSELF A CRIME.

>> Jon: OH, YES!

HARRY TRUMAN'S FAMOUS POLICY OF

THE (BLEEP) STOPPED HERE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> YEARS LATER UNDER PRESIDENT

RONALD REAGAN THE PENTAGON

ISSUES A DIRECTIVE STATING THAT

HOMOSEXUALITY IS INCOMPATIBLE

WITH MILITARY SERVICE.

>> Jon: SO THE MILITARY NEEDS

DISCIPLINED WELL-GROOMED

INDIVIDUALS COMFORTABLE IN

CRISPLY PRESSED COLORFUL

UNIFORMS.

NO PLACE FOR GAYS!

(LAUGHTER)

TELL 'EM, BOYS.

♪ THE PEOPLE RIDE IN A HOLE IN

THE GROUND, NEW YORK, NEW

YORK... ♪

>> Jon: GO OUT THERE AND ENJOY

SOME VAGINA.

(LAUGHTER)

AND THEN, OF COURSE, THERE WAS

"DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL."

>> IN 1993, A COMPROMISE

EMERGES.

>> THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF

HAVE AGREED TO REMOVE THE

QUESTION REGARDING ONE'S SEXUAL

ORIENTATION FROM FUTURE VERSIONS

OF THE ENLISTMENT APPLICATION.

AND IT WILL NOT BE ASKED IN THE

INTERIM.

>> Jon: (AS BILL CLINTON)

I MEAN, IT'S NOBODY'S BUSINESS

WHERE YOU'RE STICKING IT, RIGHT?

(LAUGHTER)

I MEAN, WHO ARE WE TO JUDGE, YOU

KNOW?

>> JON.

>> Jon: (AS B.C.)

JON?

>> EMMY?

>> Jon: DID SUNDAY NIGHT MEAN

NOTHING TO YOU?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

IT WAS A WONDERFUL EVENING, IT

MEANT A LOT TO ME.

>> HERE WE ARE NOT 48 HOURS LATE

WE ARE A REHEATED CLINTON JOKE

THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A STALE

LEFTOVER IN 2000.

(LAUGHTER)

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: I GUESS YOU'RE RIGHT.

BUT, YOU KNOW, YOU ONLY HAVE TO

SUBMIT ONE EPISODE SO IT'S NOT

LIKE...

>> I SHOULD HAVE SLEPT WITH

COLBERT WHEN I HAD THE CHANCE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: I BEAT YOU TO THAT, TOO,

HUH?

>> YOU MONSTER!

>> Jon: OF COURSE THE REAL

CONCERN WITH REPEALING "DON'T

ASK, DON'T TELL" WAS HOW IT

WOULD ENCOURAGE IMMORALITY AND

INDECENCY AND NOT A DAY AFTER

ITS REPEAL WE ALREADY SEE THE

TYPES OF PEOPLE THAT NOW FEEL

FREE TO FLAUNT THEIR LIFE-STYLE.

>> ONE SOLDIER WHO HAD BEEN

POST-ING ANONYMOUS VIDEOS ABOUT

HIS EXPERIENCE UNDER "DON'T ASK,

DON'T TELL" CALLED HIS FATHER

JUST HOURS AFTER THE REPEAL.

>> HELLO?

>> HEY, DADDY.

>> HEY, BUD!

>> CAN I TELL YOUING?

>> YEAH.

>> WILL YOU LOVE ME REGARDLESS?

>> YES.

>> YOU'LL ALWAYS LOVE ME?

AS LONG AS I'M...

>> OF COURSE.

>> DAD, I'M GAY.

>> I STILL LOVE YOU AND I WILL

ALWAYS LOVE YOU.

I WILL ALWAYS BE PROUD OF YOU.

>> ALL RIGHT, THANKS, DAD.

(APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: WHAT KIND OF MONSTERS--

(LAUGHTER)

-- HAVE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE?

AND HOW DO I GET MY DAD TO

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