[QUOTE=Rachel;1058556999]I don't understand why this has to be a partisan issue. Frankly, I think it's a mistake. It certainly won't be the end of the world. But if something works, why try to fix it? This should be decided based on a purely objective analysis of what's best for the men and women who serve. Not based on what makes a few politicians feel good about themselves. If it causes damage to the military and hurts the people it's supposed to be helping then it is not worth it in my opinion.
There are plenty of gay people who serve in the military today and they can contribute as much as anyone else. That said, what people do in the privacy of their own bedroom isn't anyone else's business, and it should stay that way. That's why don't ask don't tell worked (for the most part). The people who serve with you don't need to know about your love life, whether you are gay, heterosexual, transsexual, or anything else.
Just leave politics out of it.[/
Excellent post, thank you
I wish it was that easy.........
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On the other hand, sexual conduct aboard ship is restricted for everyone, as I understand it. So looking for love on a Navy ship is against regs, and would be if they repeated DADT.
No one will HAVE to be open about anything if they repeal this rule.Same sex couples aren't equal under the law outside the military, so how do you expect them to be equal inside the military? Now getting everyone to be open about their sexual orientation in the military is going to bring up a lot of problems. The military should be concentrating on fighting the enemy not correcting society's problems.
Were the rules against miscegenation disallowed before or after black and whites were placed in the same unit in the military?It's too much of a distraction. Allow same sex couples to get married in every state first, then after that's legal everywhere, then maybe start changing the military. It just seems too soon to me, that's all.
Society has changed. What private employer would give up the benefit of a skilled worker just because he's gay? Only a foolish one.And what if the next conservative president decides to bring back don't asks don't tell? This is just going to cause so many problems. This debate should stay outside of the military for now, although I admit that eventually it will change if society changes.
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