Don't Ask, Don't Tell

POSTED: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 6:15pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 4:18am

WASHINGTON-The Pentagon is moving forward with President Obama's promise to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gays in the military.

The decision is really up to Congress, but military officials say if they change the law they'll be ready to make it happen.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is currently looking at ways to keep forces strong if Congress repeals the law.

More than 13,000 gay soldiers have left the military. Gay rights advocates say it's a generational thing and most service members do not have a problem serving alongside gays.

But Republicans say allowing openly gay soldiers on the front lines could threaten security.

"Persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would very likely create an unacceptable risk," Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia said.

"At this moment, when we're asking more of our military than at any time in recent history, we should not repeal this law," Senator John McCain of Arizona said.

Either way, the pentagon says they're moving forward.

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All men/women are created equal, therefore thoses who meet the military's physical standards, regardless of sexual orientation, should be allowed to serve their country.

ALL MEN AND WOMEN ARE CREATED EQUAL....THIS IS TRUE...SOME PEOPLE JUST CHOOSE TO MAKE STUPID DECISIONS,AND DO SICK THINGS,AND TRY TO JUSTIFY IT AS IF IT IS SOMETHING THEY ARE BORN WITH...B.S....AND THE GOVERNMENT WITH ALL IT'S DECEITFUL CRAP BACKS THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOUR,AND EVENTUALLY IT WILL BE LIKE ANY OTHER SICK THING PEOPLE COME UP WITH, YOU WILL BE A MINORITY IF YOU AREN'T BLACK,MEXICAN,GAY,SEX-CHANGED,ANIMAL HUMPER...OR WHATEVER ELSE THEY COME UP WITH!!!

The agenda behind the quest to repeal "Don't ask, Don't tell," is an "in your face" attempt to force all people to accept homosexuality. Why are these people so militant about their sexual orientation? On the one hand they scream that what they do is no one else's business - on the other hand they scream that everyone has to KNOW their sexual preferences. I say the new law should be, "Shut up about your private affairs while serving in the military."

Even though I do agree with you when it comes to keeping personal affairs private, I must disagree with your overall message. Typically being a native of East Texas you are misinformed about so called "liberal" issues. If some research was commited then you would find that the reason the "Dont ask, dont Tell" policy is such a large issue for Gay men and women in the Armed Forces, is because its a CRIME to be gay in the military. You can go to Military Prison or Dishonorable Discharged for being a enlisted and Gay. Myself being a gay man and going through day to day life, dealing with prejudice and ignorance, I cant help but feel sympathy for the men and women who fight and die every day for our country and are shunned because of sexual orientation. Any being willing to fight for Patriotism and this counrty should be held with Honor for who they are in and out of the Service. I look forward to your reply.

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