Posted by: Renee | July 30, 2008

Gays In The Military Are Bad For Cohesion- Elaine Donnelly

“I respect all the people in the military and… if we say that forced cohabitation is the new rule and we’re saying that if you don’t like the way you feel, then just relax and enjoy it, or tolerate it. Is that fair?”

In a word YES. To ask people to hide in a closet because of the ignorance of others is patenetly unfair. It seems to me that if you are going to ask people to risk their lives, you should respect them enough to let them lead their lives as they see fit.    This denial of the ability to serve openly is an affront to every single gay member of the military.  It is not the gay person that is the issue, it is the homophobes in the ranks that is the issue.  Just telling people to hide their orientation only serves to support the idea that gay people are somehow less than, and that their love is not legitimate.  Change does not happen by supporting ideals either in thought, or action that have their basis in injustice.

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  1. It is not the gay person that is the issue, it is the homophobes in the ranks that is the issue.

    Exactly.

  2. How about this, Senator, since someone is always going to feel uncomfortable, let’s enforce the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell rule’ on straights as well as gays. No one will be able to reveal any information that might out them as straight or gay – so no one should be allowed to talk about their wives/husbands back home, put up pictures of their girlfriends/boyfriends, or say anything that might belie their sexual attraction to members of the opposite sex. I mean, it’s only fair, right? And if anyone screws up, we’ll boot them out!

    I mean, we wouldn’t want to only limit the rights of people in a minority, would we? That’s not what the USA is about, is it, Senator?


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