Lt. Dan Choi says he's not impressed with Defense Secretary Robert Gate's tightening of the “don't ask, don't tell” policy that forbids gay troops from serving openly.

Speaking to the New York Daily News, Choi said the overhaul didn't go far enough.

“The reason why 'don't ask, don't tell' is so repugnant is because it forces people to be in the closet and lie, and that hasn't changed,” Choi said. “The real price of 'don't ask, don't tell' is that it institutionalizes shame.”

Gates has described the new policy as a more “humane” approach.

Under the guidelines, put in place Thursday, only a general or admiral can approve the firing of enlisted personnel who violate the ban, an anonymous complaint will no longer open an investigation into the sexual orientation of service members and third party testimony would be required to be made under oath.

Choi, a twenty-nine-year-old Iraq war veteran, outed himself last year on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. The Army responded with an official discharge, which Choi is fighting.

Two weeks ago, Choi and Capt. James E. Pietrangelo, who was discharged under “don't ask, don't tell” in 2004, were arrested by Park Police after the men handcuffed themselves to the White House fence. A third activist, Robin McGehee, was also hauled away.

Both men spent the night in jail. The following day, the pair pleaded not guilty in DC Superior Court to the charge of failing to obey an officer. The court has scheduled an April 26 hearing.

“Even though I had chains on, there was no greater liberation than to be able stand up for something that you knew that was so absolutely correct,” Choi told the paper.

Choi said he would continue to speak out against “don't ask, don't tell” despite its tweaks.

“You're forcing servicemen and women to live a double life,” he said. “It outlaws having a full, loving relationship.”