Saturday, June 28, 2008

DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL

Under the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, gays can serve as long as they keep their sexuality hidden. Since the rule came into effect 15 years ago, some 12,000 military men and women have been forced out. But recently the discharges of gay soldiers have dropped dramatically. Is it time to re-think this policy?

9 comments:

DB said...

Yes, it is time to rethink. There was a time when blacks couldn't fight side by side with whites. What is the point if we are all fighting against the same bad guys? How about "who cares about gays when terrorists are trying to kill you?" I think our military has bigger fish to fry. I have yet to meet a soldier who cared about this issue and they are the ones affected by it. This is a Washington only issue.

namaste said...

it's definitely time for this policy to go. nik, you know how i feel about those homophobes who's got their panties in a bunch. hehe.

;)

~m

Sandi said...

Definitely time to re-think. Being gay doesn't make someone a criminal. Or less of a person. I mean, what's the military afraid of? That the gay soldier will make a pass at the straight one? When rapes are reported, you don't hear about having separating men and women on the battlefield. Time for the military to grow up.

Karen said...

I have never understood the policy from the beginning. All I remember is that it was the first big social statement by the new Clinton administration - props for the gays. I just don't think in today's world the gay issue is anything to be worked up about. Live and let live. Let those who want to fight for us, fight. God bless them all.

Z said...

We sure do have big fish to fry; I'm thinking it's best to let the majority of cooks have support and the most comfortable environment they could possibly have?

Too many soldiers have told me it's uncomfortable living with gay men because the sexuality is far more at the fore than with other straights.......those aren't my words, but I know great gay men friends here in LA who wouldn't join because they'd have to probably abstain (where are they having sex, the showers? the quarters, next to straight guys?!)

it's a very tough subject when all you explore all the pertinent points.....VERY touchy.

Nikki said...

Thanks everyone for all of the responses. My opinion isn't so firm on this. I do think the military should take a stand based on what those in the military think about it, and come to some sort of consensus. On the issue of morals, that argument doesn't stand in my mind because hetero-sexuals in the military haven't always proven to be the most up-standing military personel either. So I say, those who are in the military should fight it out and no matter who joins regardless of sexual orientation, gender, race or religion, practice a high moral code. And as Karen so eloquently said "Let those who want to fight for us, fight. God bless them all." I agree with that. thanks all! :)N

Johnny Utah said...

i gotta go with the masses on this one. It creates a situation like what happened to Barry Winchell.

Sally said...

The US military has dismissed 54 Arabic interpeters since 9-11. Hell yes it is time to rethink this policy. Gawd! Right-wingers are SO GODDAMNED SLOW!!!

Nikki said...

Sally once again a well thought out argument. Are you smoking meth and trolling slow right-wingers blogs? :)N