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Retired officers: Keep ban on gays

April 1, 2009

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— More than 1,000 retired military officers, including several who were top commanders, are urging President Barack Obama and Congress to maintain the law that bars gays from serving openly in the armed forces.

Obama is consulting with the Pentagon on the issue and says he supports eventual repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which prohibits gays in the military from being open about their sexual orientation.

A bill that would allow gays to serve openly has been introduced in Congress.

Comments

Confrontation 6 years, 3 months ago

Some people just cannot resist the temptation if there is no law in place.

denak 6 years, 3 months ago

The "don't ask, don't tell" policy is an absolute failure that has weakened, not stregthened, our military.

A person's sexual orientation does not have any effect on one's ability to fight nor does it make a person a predator.

This policy has cost the military thousands or good men and women since its implementation.

It is also uncostitutional in that a person can be discharged not for an "act" but simply because that person has a "propensity." It is like saying a person can be prosecuted for murder not because he or she committed murder but because he or she has the propensity to commit murder.

This policy undermines our military readiness not only by getting rid of good men and women but by forcing the military to accept those with lower educational levels and with criminal records in order to bolster the ranks.

If you are interested in learning more about the detrimental effects of "don't ask, don't tell" go to the library and check out "UnFriendly Fire" by Nathaniel Frank.

Dena

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