In 1993 President Clinton came up with a compromise and passed the Executive Order now commonly known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Don't Ask, Don't Tell prohibits military personnel from asking a service person if he or she is gay or lesbian. However, if a person discloses that he or she is gay, they will be discharged.
Even with Don't Ask, Don't Tell in place, every year many gays and lesbians are discharged from the military for homosexuality. Since "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" went into effect, more than 10,000 service men and women have been discharged for being gay or lesbian.