Gays in the Military: Does a Sailor’s Murder Signal Deeper Problems?

Even as Pentagon lawyers begin trying to ease the “don’t ask, don’t tell” prohibition on gays serving openly in the U.S. military, the murder last week of an apparently gay sailor at California’s Camp Pendleton has raised new questions over the readiness of the armed forces to accept openly homosexual personnel. Seaman August Provost of Houston was shot and killed while standing nighttime guard at his base on June 30.