Monday, February 01, 2010

Do Ask, I Can Tell!

Tomorrow Congress will try to catch up with the times! Hopefully? They will be holding their first hearing in 17 years on the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. And guess what? "...while Congress and the administration work on a permanent repeal of the law, the Defense Department “will not take action to discharge service members whose sexual orientation is revealed by third parties or jilted partners, one of the most onerous aspects of the law.” At least this is a step in the right direction.

Think we will ever see U.S. service members marching with a rainbow flag?

Think Progress: Gates to stop military from discharging gay troops who are outed by 'third parties or jilted partners.'


Blogger The Civilian said...

I think there needs to be some regulation if they do approve gays in the military. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for it. We had a couple of guys that I'm pretty sure were gay, and we all got along fine. But running around with rainbow flags, dressing up as drag queens, etc. would be bad. It's still the military, and there still needs to be some decorum.

2/01/2010 07:45:00 PM  
Blogger CI-Roller Dude said...

I guess I'll cut down on the number of soldiers getting pregnent... right?

2/03/2010 01:08:00 PM  
Blogger aaron said...

I was in the Navy for 6 years and worked directly with a gay man for 3 of those. We were good friends, and I was the only non-gay person onboard he could share his true self with. After he left I remember having a discussion on watch with a group of OSs about don't ask don't tell.
They claimed that they wouldn't want any fags around waving their flags (figuratively) because it'd make everything weird and hurt 'mission readiness' (the BS reasoning the navy gives for stuff like that). I said "I'm certain you guys knew Ron was gay, right?"
They said of course they knew. I asked if they had any problems working with him, and they said no, he did his job like everyone else. A sort of collective 'Oooooh yeah' fell over them.
I'm fairly sure that most units, ships, divisions, whatever in the military has had a gay person who everyone just sort of knew about, yet did their work well and had no issues with their sexuality (even with the most ignorant person around). Just like in Britain, I think that allowing gays to serve openly would have zero impact on things like unit cohesion and mission readiness.
Also, to the poster who mentioned decorum: no one's allowed to parade around in uniform in non-official ways anyhow. Off duty, drag would be an upgrade from the jean shorts, high white socks, bad mustaches, and discount outfits most members wear everyday.

2/07/2010 01:04:00 PM  

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