Let's End DADT NOW!

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
Let's End DADT NOW!
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Thu, 11-25-2010 - 9:08am
I've written my Senators, and now I'm asking you, my friends, to write yours too. Please tell them it's time to end the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.


I understand many might not agree, but let me bend an ear for a moment. These are men and women already serving our country but who have to keep their lives secret. While their fellow sailors and soldiers, officers and enlisted, can have friendly chats about kids and their families, commiserate about relationship problems, and get support during a break up or for the loss of a partner, the gays and lesbians in our armed services must remain quiet. They cannot share the joy of a new commitment nor even the birth of a child without fear of being outed. They even must be more than discreet about going on a date for fear that someone will see a hand being held or a kiss exchanged. Despite the public statement the military will not accept outings by others, it happens all the time, ruining careers and even making future employment difficult (this is not an honorable discharge.)


The LBGT community doesn't seek special treatment, merely equal treatment in honor of their willingness to serve. Don't we owe them that much?

Sandy

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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-19-2008
Mon, 12-13-2010 - 3:19pm

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-08-2008
Mon, 12-13-2010 - 2:08pm

Does this mean that if the draft is reinstituted, a boy can get out of serving if he claims he is gay?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-04-2010
Sun, 12-12-2010 - 9:03pm
When did we reinstitute the draft?
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-19-2008
Sun, 12-12-2010 - 8:13pm

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-04-2010
Sun, 12-12-2010 - 2:14pm
No one has a right to discriminate against someone solely based on their sexual orientation. It doesn't prevent them from performing any kind of job.
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-19-2008
Sun, 12-12-2010 - 1:43pm

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-11-2010
Fri, 12-10-2010 - 8:09am
If everyone had a RIGHT to serve in the military, they would be FORCED to take recruits that were not physically able to meet the stringent demands that are on a soldier.

It would be difficult for a person with a walking disability to be on the front lines. Or a blind person, or a deaf person.

So no.....not EVERYONE has a right to be in the military.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-10-2010
Fri, 12-10-2010 - 12:08am
I'm sure you don't. The Supreme Court will likely settle this one for us, since the Senate can't seem to get its act together. We will have to actively decide to discriminate against gays and lesbians and the Supreme Court will rule whether that discrimination is constitutional.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-11-2010
Thu, 12-09-2010 - 6:25pm
I do not believe one has a right to serve in the military.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-10-2010
Thu, 12-09-2010 - 3:47pm
Since when do we exclude one group from the rights and privileges of citizenship. Yes...some people think that it is a right and privilege to join the military.

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