I doubt there are too many people who would not admit that there are some military-only rules that are reasonable and may have foundation. The rule against gays serving openly isn't one of them. There are already gays serving in the military. In order to defend your stance, you need some sort of proof, studies, evidence, something, that shows where gays serving openly in the military actually affects the military readiness. There are other militaries that allow gays to serve openly. And there are places in our military where gays serve fairly openly (although I'm sure in these, a lot of those guys/girls fear it everytime there is any change in their chain of command). DADT means that you don't have to turn in someone for saying they're gay. And even if someone is turned in, it is up to the higher ranks of a person's coc whether they are even investigated for it. The problem is those gays who feel somewhat secure that as long as they do their job, it is okay to be open due to the current climate at their commands, shouldn't have to fear that the next change in the higher ranks of their command could mean having to go back into the closet just so that they don't get kicked out, even when they are doing their job and not violating any other rules.
As I've stated many times before in such discussions, if I can talk about who I love while at work as a heterosexual, then they should be able to do so to, without ever having to worry about the possibility of getting kicked out just for doing so.
"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.