After reading Robb Allen’s post on repealing DADT, I got thinking about my own views. I hadn’t given it much thought because I found President Obama’s timing a little odd. He knows that the policies of the Democratic leadership will cost the party dearly come November and I see the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell being used as more of a smoke screen than actual policy change to further civil rights and legal equality.
Should gays be allowed to openly serve in the military? Yes.
Should they receive special treatment (separate showers/barracks, etc.)? No.
Should special laws be passed so that there are equal numbers of black, white, hispanic, asian, gay, straight, bi-sexual, transgendered officers? No.
Should every person sworn into America’s armed forces be man/woman enough to be able to fight next to a brother/sister in arms regardless of whether they are gay, straight, Mormon, Catholic or Muslim? Yes.
Bigotry and prejudice take many forms but they all boil down to the same thing – a person’s insecurity with themselves.