Earlier this week, the US Senate passed on an opportunity to rid our Military of a piece of discriminatory legislation still on the books.
In 1950, the Uniform Code of Military Justice placed a ban which disallowed a homosexual from serving in the US Military since it would create an “unacceptable risk to the high standard of morale, good order, and discipline”.
In 1993, The Clinton Administration began the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy which did not remove the ban, but put certain restrictions on how far Defense Officials could dig into your private life looking for evidence of your sexual orientation. This effectively didn’t change much, since homosexuals are still banned from service and had to hide the nature of their orientation before, just as they do now. Between 2009 and the inception of DADT, 13,389 individuals were discharged from the service under the grounds of being homosexual. Many of those individuals served for years without jeopardizing the high standards of morale, good order and discipline.
We need to judge people’s fitness for service in the military based on their job performance, not based on their sexual orientation.
As Barry Goldwater correctly stated, “You don’t need to be straight to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight.”
So why does one group of people have to live in constant fear of losing their job?
Oh, right – homosexuals would create an unacceptable risk to the high standard of morale, good order, and discipline.
The same argument was made when the military looked to de-segregate the services based on skin color.
The same argument was made for keeping women from serving on naval warships.
ect, ect, ect…
The truth is the men and women serving in our military are professionals. They are there to do a difficult job and this is exactly what they do. Trust me, when I served as an officer on an attack submarine, nobody cared anything about what their shipmates did in their private lives. All we cared about was how well you did your job and if we could count on you are not. Gay, straight, black, white, orange, wiccan, Klingon, nerd, dork, Yankee Fan, Muslim; it didn’t matter.
“You just need to shoot straight.”