“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy Needs To Be Immediately Repealed

The policy that forbids gay and lesbian military personnel from being open about their sexuality has been the cause of well over 10,000 discharges since being signed into law by President Clinton in 1993.

Analysts say that 2 gay or lesbian Americans are discharged from the military every day solely because they are not straight.

Even though President Obama promised he would work hard to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, his administration has been silent and unwelcoming on the issue since he took office. Numerous studies find no negative effect of having gays and lesbians being open about their sexuality, the majority of Americans support repealing the policy, and the president himself is publically against it.

Why has there been no legislative effort to overturn Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? Are the Republicans blockading a vote or are the Democrats just that inactive?

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Lt. Dan Choi, a West Point graduate, was discharged from the Army National Guard for violating the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy when he publically came out. Even though he was an excellent Arab linguist that the military is in demand for, he was discharged only because he is gay. He is currently suing the United States for this discriminatory policy, but the prospects seem dim. A recent development in his case is a recommendation by the military board hearing Choi’s case calling for his discharge from the Army National Guard. Following the decision, Choi said that he was disappointed but not deterred. He said that he refuses to lie about his relationships to keep his job.

America is losing valuable soldiers every day. Gay and lesbian people are yet again not afforded the same rights as straight Americans. Some might not think that getting into the military is a big deal, but let me offer you a scenario.

John is the son and grandson of veterans, and his family is very involved and connected with the military. All he ever wanted to do was join the U.S. Marines or the U.S. Army and fight for his country. Not to mention the economic benefits that come with being in the military, John really wants to make his family proud. John happens to be gay. His whole family is okay with it, and they even are proud that their son is confident with who he is. They don’t want to pressure him to join the military, but John wants to join the military so badly. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell tells him that he can’t join, even though he is probably a better soldier than most of the straight guys.

Is this right?

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