A person's sexual preference should have no weight on whether they should be allowed to serve in the military ["Congressional Democrats Push to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'," usnews.com]. Anyone with the courage to want to fight for their country should be allowed. It is clear that there is a certain professionalism required to serve as a soldier and it's not like gays and lesbians are going to run around shouting that they are gay while on the job. It is who they are, and like straight people, they do not announce it every where they go. If someone finds out someone is gay so be it—who really cares? Isn't that the exact thing we are fighting for? True freedom; the freedom to be who we are and not be persecuted for it.
Comment by Nikki of FL
As a cadet, I interact with the future leaders of the military. If current service men and women are anything like the cadets I know, they will not have a problem serving with openly gay people. Saying that the members of the military are not professional enough to serve together despite different orientations is an insulting argument. The military was integrated years before schools were. Men and women who join the Armed Forces are professionals who are there to do a job. They won't let something as stupid as sexual orientation stand in their way. As far as current opinion in the military goes, the numbers have changed since 2004. A Zogby poll from 2006 shows "73% of service members are comfortable with lesbians and gays." In the three years since this poll, I suspect numbers have shifted even more. And as far as the "Openly" argument goes, "Openly" sexual behavior of any kind is not tolerated, homo- or hetero-. Again, the military is comprised of professionals who will act as such. "I understand mission first and people always"—U.S. Army Cadet Creed.
Comment by Derrick of OH
Unfortunately, America is far from being a fully enlightened country. As a result, we keep falling into the same trap of not allowing "live and let live" to guide us. There would have been no slaves in this country had "live and let live" been the case in the 18th and 19th centuries. There would have been no segregation of blacks and whites down to the present. There would have been no need for Prohibition. There would have been no need for most wars. There would have been no need for pushing for women's suffrage had men lived while letting women live. Recently it's been the flap over equal rights for gays. Those of us who think ourselves more moral than others really ought to rethink the crimes we commit in the name of our certainty—that we're moral and they're not. Pass a "Don't hit on me" rule covering everyone in the military instead of telling gays they're not welcome. Segregation yet again is wrong under any label. Get rid of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Comment by Ron W. Smith of UT
Openly sexual conduct should not be tolerated no matter who is doing it Most civilized countries have accepted gays quite a while ago. It seems not to have caused any problems. I don't understand why there is such a fearful reaction to gays in my country. I know there is hostility, which is also irrational, but underneath that there is fear. It just doesn't make sense to me. There were gay people in my high school and where I worked, and they never caused any problems at all. They are just like the rest of us except for their sex lives, which is private so I don't see a problem.
Comment by Joan Dalton of AL
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