Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Veterans urge for repeal of "don't ask, don't tell"  

I'm calling it right now: within the next decade, we will see the repeal of the discriminatory "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Recently, more than 100 retired generals and admirals called for the repeal of the outdated policy. The officers wrote:

"As is the case with Great Britain, Israel, and other nations that allow gays and lesbians to serve openly, our service members are professionals who are able to work together effectively despite differences in race, gender, religion and sexuality."

On top of pressure from veterans, Obama has said that as president, he plans to work with military leaders to build a consensus to remove the policy. Between 1994 and 2007, 2,340 people were discharged for violating "don't ask, don't tell." I can't even believe that this policy has been supported for so long. It just seems like common sense to me that we can't tell people who are putting their lives on the line for our country that they're not allowed to say two simple words, "I'm gay," while serving. It's preposterous. Commence celebrations when this ugly discrimination is over.

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4 comments: to “ Veterans urge for repeal of "don't ask, don't tell"

  • November 18, 2008 at 5:38 PM  

    It's about time!

  • November 19, 2008 at 12:15 PM  

    It's so ridiculous and embarrassing that this is even in place still. All of the politicians who don't want gays to fight- are they willing to fill-in instead? Didn't think so.

    If someone wants to serve, they should be able to, their sexuality isn't even relevant.

  • November 20, 2008 at 10:23 PM  

    I don't understand why it matters if the entire army knows a soldier is gay... someone's sexuality should have nothing at all to do with serving in the military, gay or not.

  • November 23, 2008 at 8:54 AM  

    The basis of this law is discriminatory and just plain BAD logic. I am a military brat, born and raised abroad. Many of the children soldiers of my dad's generation are also members of the armed services. I talk to them a lot and the amount of fraternization among the heterosexual population (and the amount of quashed sexual harassment allegations) is astonishing.