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Don't Ask, Don't Tell Should Stand
Okay, I will probably step on some toes, but that is fine. I like to once in a while. Those that know me pretty well know that I do not have a politically correct bone in my body. What I am having trouble figuring out lately is why Gays and Lesbians keep saying “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” keeps them from serving in the military. I believe that they have missed the point somewhere entirely. Somewhere between 1993 and now the perception of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” has changed drastically. “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” is the policy that has allowed gays and lesbians to serve in our armed services since its implementation. Being a gay or a lesbian is illegal according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). If “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” is repealed, it will still be illegal.
Gays and lesbians have always been in our military. They have served honorably and have endured the many sacrifices just as other service members have in our history. The “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy has allowed them to serve for the last seventeen years. Prior to that gays and lesbians were subject to court martial under the UCMJ based on rumors and heresy. “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” has allowed them to serve as long as they stay quiet about their sexual orientation. Somehow they think now that a repeal of the policy will allow them to serve openly. Maybe they can enlist as they admit their sexual orientation, but the act of homosexuality is punishable under the UCMJ as well as sodomy or even adultery. The policy was originally Don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue. Keep your orientation quiet, you won’t be asked about it and you won’t be pursued for prosecution. Allowing homosexuality openly in our military creates an environment akin to special interest groups, which in turn leads to preferential treatment. None of which have any room in our military. It also opens the door for adulterers to brag about their conquest without fear of repercussion.
There is also the problem of housing and hygiene. Gays and lesbians will have to have their own special barracks. There will, at great expense, have to be housing for gay men, straight men, lesbian women and straight women. The same will have to be done for shower facilities. Our facilities overseas are already pitiful in many cases. The added financial burden to our services will only lessen the quality of living and hygiene space for our service members. Living spaces are many times cramped and overcrowded.
Soon after “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” is repealed, there will be a rash of discrimination cases. Gays and lesbians will begin shouting they were held back from promotion because of their sexual orientation. This will lead to special preference in future promotions, basing promotions on sexual orientation vice promoting the most qualified person. I am not saying that gays or lesbians should not be promoted; I am saying sexual orientation should have absolutely nothing to do with a promotion. This will only shatter morale. Our service men and women deserve much better than that. They have enough on their plates already without having to deal with such as this.
As I said earlier, gays and lesbians have always been in the ranks and they have served honorably. Their sexual orientation does not diminish their heroism in any way. I personally do not endorse homosexuality, but that has nothing to do with anything. They are still heroes in my book. Any man or woman that wears a uniform of any branch is a Hero in my eyes. I have served for many years now and met many wonderful people in my life of service. I have not cared one way or another whether or not they were homosexual or not. It is a non-factor. It should remain a non-factor when young men or women raise their right hand and swear allegiance to our Constitution. “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” allows it to be a non-factor.