No one is whining. They are simply demanding that they be allowed to serve their country without lying or hiding who they are. It puts their career in jeopardy, as per my earlier link.
Originally Posted by ptif219
A further point I would like to make, they are discharging some very skilled and valuable service people. Lt. Choi graduated from West Point and is an Arabic translator. Sgt. Bleu Copas was also an Arabic language specialist.
This is from the article I linked in my earlier reply:
But the GAO also noted that nearly 800 dismissed gay or lesbian service members had critical abilities, including 300 with important language skills. Fifty-five were proficient in Arabic, including Copas, a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in California.
Discharging and replacing them has cost the Pentagon nearly $369 million, according to the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
That certainly does not aide in the defense of our country to dismiss people with the abilities we really need now.
Originally Posted by disneydude
Again, nicely stated.