Hehe, they said Seamen
A local gay military person is part of a group suing over the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy (you know, that super-duper, pro-gay rights policy that a Democrat gave us):
The Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is being challenged by 12 gays who have been separated from the military because of their homosexuality.
They planned to file a federal lawsuit Monday in Boston that would cite last year’s landmark Supreme Court ruling that overturned state laws making gay sex a crime.
One of them is Justin Peacock, a former Coast Guard boatswain’s mate from Knoxville. He was kicked out after someone reported he was seen holding hands with another man.
“Don’t ask, don’t tell,” was put in place during the Clinton administration to allow gays and lesbians to serve in the military only if they kept quiet about their sexual orientation and abstain from homosexual activity. The Pentagon’s previous policy barred homosexuals from military service.
I’m honestly indifferent regarding the gays in the military thing. The reason is, assuming someone is openly gay, that other straight soldiers (who are generally not known for their open-mindedness) may take issue and be unwilling to serve with them, defend them, or stick their neck out for them; or, worse, commit violence against their gay compatriots. Additionally, closeted gays in sensitive positions may be victims of blackmail that could compromise their security position. At the end of the day, soldiers have a job to do and if someone being gay interferes with that job, it is problematic and somebody may get killed over it.
That said, if someone is gay and wants to be soldier and other soldiers don’t seem to have a problem with it, I don’t see there being a problem. And, of course, we can’t segregate gay units from straight units as segregation is an ugly word.