DADT Debated in congress

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    Aug 04, 2008 6:55 PM GMT
    Congress is holding hearings on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” the same day lawmakers held a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of President Truman’s integration of the armed forces.

    Seems to me like gays should be let in, but iv had some gay friends surprise me and say dadt is the better path for now.

    So what do y'all think. Are any of the arguments against gays in the military valid? I know there are a lot of homophobes in the military, but does the fact they might not be happy with gays give them reason to bar gays from service?

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    Aug 04, 2008 10:26 PM GMT
    I don't know why any gay person would support don't ask don't tell. There is no rational basis for the ban.

    It is based entirely on the premise that homophobic straight guys will be too disturbed by having to sleep and shower in close proximity to gays guys. Yet other militaries around the world have allowed openly gay people to serve with little problem. This includes allied forces of Britain, Canada, Israel, and Australia that U.S. troops have conducted joint operations with. So in essence, U.S. troops have already served side by side with openly gay troops without incident.

    Those opposed to allowing gays in the military will never find there is an appropriate time to consider easing or lifting the ban. During wartime, they say things are too chaotic to make any such drastic changes. During peacetime, they say "We're not at war, there's no need to recruit more troops, especially those who are gay."

    Proponents of the ban say it's necessary to maintain troop discipline. Why? Because upper officers aren't able to stop their enlisted troops from harassing the gays? If that's the case, it shows there is already a discipline problem.

    Perpetuating the ban is simply one more way that the denigration of gays and lesbians is institutionalized in this country. Ending the ban is the right thing to do and it ought to be done immediately, just as when Truman ended racial segregation in the military.