The don’t ask don’t tell policy toward gays and lesbians serving in the military has been an issue that has debated and argued ever since President Clinton announced it 18 years ago. On December 22, 2010, President Obama sign legislation to repeal the don’t ask don’t tell policy. The policy is still a hot topic among members in the military and with members of congress. One of the most notably members of congress who oppose lifting the ban was Arizona senator John Mc Cain. By no means am I gay, but I served in the military and served with gay members.
The armed forces are a special case, putting their employees into life-or-death situations where any mental distraction could be fatal. Men and women aren’t sent into combat together; why should gays and heterosexuals? If men constantly have to think about whether or not the man to his side that his life is depending on is a homosexual and may have feelings towards him is one of the biggest mental distraction you can get. If there is a law stating that homosexuals are prohibited in the military, well that would take out a huge part of mental distractions. The second argument that I will now hit on is the fact that with gays in the military it will increase the risk of attracting HIV or possibly AIDS, in the military.
Gays Joining The Military Many People believe that gays, (meaning men and women) are not capable of serving in the military forces. This is based on what military friends of mine say or believe, though, that does not mean that the personal values of many people do not reach the same conclusion. In terms of military necessity, it is essential for gays and lesbians to be excluded from military units to maintain the units to stick together, (sleep under same roof). Some military persons believe that combat performance would also decline if gays were permitted to serve in the armed forces of the country. Some also view the gay soldiers to be perverts in uniform, and that they should not have the honor of serving the country even if they are able to do all of what is required of them.
RS-151 Final Paper Decline of the Traditional American Family: Homosexual Parents The conception that lesbians and gay men may be parents is frequently perceived in today's society as impossible or immoral. Gay men and lesbians are often viewed as excluded from having children because sexual reproduction is related to men and women couples only. My approach to this uniquely controversial topic of gay parenting will be that of attempting to analyze the pro side. Gays and lesbians are human too and who is to say that they don't deserve equal rights in society. Society has to realize that the modern family has developed into many different forms in recent years in that the traditional "nuclear family" is not necessarily the most common form anymore.
English 1102 Why gay men and women should be allowed in the military Since the “Don’t ask, Don’t tell policy” came into place in 1993, more than 13,000 troop members have been discharged due to their sexual orientation (Shanker). This staggering statistic leaves many Americans wondering how the policy works and is it being used effectively? The United States Military’s “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy should be repealed because it is a hardship on American taxpayers, it would increase troop numbers, and increase America’s strength morally. The United States Military’s “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy was introduced in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton. While Clinton was campaigning for the Presidency, he had promised to allow all citizens regardless of sexual orientation to serve openly in the military (Shanker).
People have always struggled with the idea of accepting and integrating homosexual individuals into society. Whether it is has to do with specific religions, traditions, or morals, people are opposed to the idea of allowing gay people to share all the same rights a heterosexual has. One clear way this prejudice manifests itself in today’s society is through the idea of marriage. Although many areas now allow and perform same-sex marriages, there is still a large controversy surrounding the idea that marriage is strictly a legal bond between a man and a woman. On November 5, 2008 California voters voted in favor of Proposition 8; a proposition to ban gay marriage after a ruling had legalized it in May of the same year.
I chose an article from the Journal Of Current Issues In Crime, Law & Law Enforcement the discus the history of homosexuals in the military and the events leading up to the repeal of the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy. “Early in the 1992 presidential campaign, then-candidate Bill Clinton commented that, if elected, he would "lift the ban" on homosexuals serving in the military.” (Burrelli, 2010) “Existing policies had been in place since the Carter Administration and, historically speaking, gay, lesbian, and bisexual (same sex) behavior had not been tolerated in the military services.” (Burrelli, 2010) The only change that happened was the start of the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy during President Bill Clinton’s presidency. The issues of the administration’s concern where based around good order and discipline in the ranks. Not asking if a new enlistee their sexual orientation opened the door for gays to serve
The article The Ban on Gays in the Military takes a look at how this ban on a subset of individuals is unfair and cruel. Through summarization and proper evaluation, this paper will discuss why a ban on gays in the military is detrimental to the people who it is imposed upon as well as why it is detrimental to the integrity of the military. SUMMARY OF THE ARTICLE Every year the U.S. Supreme Court decides on which cases it will hear. In 2009, the Supreme Court refused to examine the issue of gays in the military. Seemingly there is no push from the President or Congress to take steps in ending the ban.
The problem with gays in the military is that homosexual males that serve in a combat arms unit have a very hard time functioning in a unit where there are all male Soldiers. Male Soldiers are very homophobic and having a known gay Soldier in the unit would cause unnecessary problems. According to Shawver (n.d.), “military personnel often have to dress and toilet in close quarters. Just as it is privacy invasion for men to observe women undress so it is a privacy invasion for homosexuals to observe heterosexuals in states of undress” (para. 13).
A spokesman for the university sports council Jim McCarthy noted that the content of Title IX is “dangerous for the existence of the sports”. “However, no learner should be denied the opportunity to play a sport based on his or her gender”. James Madison university track athlete Mark Rinker noted after losing his team due to Title IX that this is not going to stop male sports at James Madison University. He proposed that something had to be done in order to avert a similar crisis from hitting other Universities as well. This action failed to put into considerations the interests and abilities of students, killing careers of many young male students who were talented in athletics (Heller,