Gays In The Military Essay

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| Gays in the Military | Argument Essay | | | | English 101 20212 | The discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on gay and lesbian service members is officially a part of history. For 17 years, the law prohibited qualified gay and lesbian Americans from serving in the armed forces and sent a message that discrimination was acceptable. I believe there are many misconceptions that gays undermine military readiness, retention or compromise the quality of life of other military members. The beginning of a new chapter for the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell now has the opportunity to re-enlist Gay and lesbian Americans eager to serve their country, but not willing to compromise who they are as individuals will, for the first time ever, be able to openly join. And brave men and women currently serving, will have the freedom to come out and be honest with their comrades about whom they are. In his first State of the Union address, President Obama declared that he would work to "finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are." (Webley, 2010). The issue of gays in the military has been a hot political debate ever since the beginning of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The military didn’t make up the policy, they just stood by it. The policy was based upon Article 125 of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice; it prohibited homosexuals from serving in the military. If one was even suspected to be homosexual, whether or not they were actively engaging in homosexual conduct, they were investigated, and if determined to be homosexual, discharged. Sometimes they were court-martialed. How can the government determine that sexual preference could inhibit ones honor, courage or commitment to our country when history confirms that

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