Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Needs To Go

29 May

The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy stops soldiers from discussing their homosexuality/bisexuality, and prohibits soldiers from discussing homosexual acts, relationships, and marriages.  U.S. soldiers who go against this policy, can and will be thrown out of the U.S. military. The law forces gays/lesbians/bisexuals to pretend to be heterosexual as a condition of service.

Soldiers who are given the right to fight and die for the U.S. should also have the right to be open about their sexual preference.

Research data shows there is nothing about lesbians and gay men that makes them inherently unfit for military service, and there is nothing about heterosexuals that makes them inherently unable to work and live with gay people in close quarters.

In 2005, the Government Accountability Office estimated this policy cost $95.4 million in recruiting costs and $95.1 million for training replacements for 9,488 troops who were discharged from 1994-2003.  Many think this expense is actually closer to $363 million, in order to account for the costs for training officers and enlistees, and the cost for separation travel.

This policy needs to go.

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