“I have served with homosexuals since 1968. I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens.” – Admiral Mike Mullen, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
These sentiments reflects the views of the top brass in our military defense team who are fighting to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law (DADT) in front of Congress this week. The issue was addressed during President Obama’s first State of the Union last week where he declared to deal with abolishing a law that threatens plenty of gay and lesbian soldiers who serve our country.
http://widgets.clearspring.com/o/4ae8d36a3102598f/4b6adcca79db8bdd/4ae8d36a3102598f/63cc5b3c/-cpid/f3dc95bfbd4dfc26 DADT was established by everyone’s favorite President, Bill Clinton, in 1993 and was fully supported by Gen. Colin L. Powell. Yesterday, Gen. Powell stood in front of law makers yesterday to announce his repeal.
“In the almost 17 years since the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ legislation was passed, attitudes and circumstances have changed. I fully support the new approach presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee this week by Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen.”
Despite the Republicans who denounced the move to change the law –Surprised John McCain is apart of that crew?–citing the policy might not have been ideal, but it functioned properly, 187 members of the House have signed on to the Military Readiness Enhancement Act which overturns the DADT policy.
The next step is to conduct a one year study on gays in the military in order to accommodate them in the future, which means those who have hidden their sexuality might be at risk to being outted.
There are 80 countries in the world who view homosexuality a crime punishable by death. The Muslim world as well as religiously conservative countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America prohibit gays from serving their military.
More than 13,000 gays have been discharged since DADT was enacted in 1993, and gay groups cited studies claiming that more than 60,000 gays currently serve. Obama’s stance for change is an absolute sign of progression in the United States.
Why the big deal over Gays and Lesbians in the military? Do they have the hee-bee-gee-bees that we don’t know about?