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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29240-2003Mar25.html

No Gays Except . . .

Wednesday, March 26, 2003; Page A16

IN THE YEARS since the "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward gay service members went into effect, the U.S. military has discharged a steadily increasing number of men and women because of their sexual orientations, although they wished to continue serving their country. Then the United States went to war. And suddenly, according to a new report from the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), the witch hunts dropped off sharply. In 2001, 1,273 people were discharged for being gay. Last year, by contrast, 906 were discharged. The sharp decline, the SLDN notes, is consistent with the military's behavior in past wars. When their services are truly needed, it seems, the threat that gay men and lesbians supposedly pose to unit cohesion doesn't loom as large.

Not all gays in the military are being protected by having skills critical to the war on terrorism or the war in Iraq. We have previously noted the irrational discharges of military linguists who acknowledged being gay. More of these cases, the SLDN report warns, are coming down the pike. But the larger pattern is that tolerance increases as necessity requires. And that would be all for the good if the military would only learn the obvious lesson from it: that gay men and lesbians fight honorably during wartime without deleterious effects on any military effort. That being the case, they should not be drummed out of their positions once the military again has the luxury of indulging this last socially acceptable bigotry. "Don't ask, don't tell" works against our military preparedness, is unfair to patriotic Americans and, as a policy, has failed miserably. It must be repealed.

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eh, why not...if gay men and women die serving this country...better for the US military, which doesn't want them in the first place...better they die for a "good cause" than be discharged...right? :blank::rolleyes:

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Originally posted by sassa

eh, why not...if gay men and women die serving this country...better for the US military, which doesn't want them in the first place...better they die for a "good cause" than be discharged...right? :blank::rolleyes:

thats a fucked up thing to say. Matas wont like you talking bad about his country or his people (gays).

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