Marine discharged under 'don't ask, don't tell' shares his story

September 20, 2011

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Former US Marine, Marquell Smith joined Eight Forty-Eight to talk about his experience as a gay serviceman.

Many members of the U.S. Armed Forces celebrated Tuesday.. They weren't celebrating coming home from a war front but marking their first chance to safely come out on the job. "Don’t ask, don’t tell" – the policy that banned gay men and women from serving openly in the military was over. But while some soldiers looked to a better future, others were still dealing with effects of "don’t ask, don’t tell." Former marine Marquell Smith was discharged under the policy and he joined Eight Forty-Eight to share his story.