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    The subject of Gays in the military has been debated over many

    times by many people. When dealing with whether or not gays should

    be allowed in the military the simple question of, Do they want to be

    in the military?, must be answered. After this question is answered you

    The answer to the question, Do gays want to be in the military?,

    is an unquestioned yes. Gays would be proud and determined to

    protect this beautiful country in which we live. I personally am

    confused as to why there is even a question of whether or not gays

    should be allowed to protect and die for a country they love. I do

    understand however the question of where should they live, both in the

    field and at their home base. It is hard for a man or women to get

    undressed in front of someone of the same sex, that may be looking at

    them with different eyes. When I say different eyes I mean a man

    looking at a man and thinking wow he’s cute, or a women looking at a

    women and thinking the same thing. It would be very awkward for

    non-gay soldiers to deal with this problem.

    Any political issue deals with people, and the gays in the

    military controversy is no different. Joe Steffan was kicked out of

    Annapolis one week before graduation after revealing he was gay.

    Alan Schindler was a gay man in the Navy. He was brutally murdered

    when some of his shipmates found out he was gay. Events like these

    can only be avoided by education and communication of what

    homosexuality is and how to deal with people who are homosexual.

    The segregation of gays and lesbians in the military should be limited

    to living quarters and that should be the extent of it. The following is

    the 1993 National Board Policy on lesbians and gays in the military;

    WHEREAS, President Clinton has taken the first steps toward ending

    discrimination against lesbians and gay men in the military; and

    WHEREAS, the response to this modest initiative has included a vitriolic,

    mean-spirited smear campaign designed to foster the impression that lesbians and

    gay men are undeserving of basic human rights and simple dignity; and

    WHEREAS, this shameful assault is directly linked to the continuing oppression

    of women, members of racial and ethnic minorities, and others viewed as being

    WHEREAS, the actions of the administration and Congress on this issue will

    provide a clear indication of the depth of their commitment to fundamental justice.

    THEREFORE, the National Organization for Women demands that President

    Clinton and Congress support an unequivocal ban on discrimination against

    lesbians and gay men in the military and that they reject such insulting alternatives

    as segregated units and restricted duties. Nothing less than full equality is

    I do not believe that what this policy demands can be achieved

    because of natural human tendencies. I believe that segregating gays

    from straight people is as fundamental as segregating men and women.

    If the gay and straight people’s living quarters are integrated then what

    about men and women’s living quarters, are they to be integrated too?

    I don’t see any arguments about that, it seems that the separation of

    man and women has become such an integral part of our society that

    The sexual culture of the U.S. today is extremely terbulent for

    human sexuality and this is proven by the hardships that gays and

    lesbians go through on a day to day basis. On one hand you have the

    “In group” which is non-gay people, and on the other hand we have

    the “Out group” which is the gay and lesbian community. This is a

    classic example of how a prejudice is used to keep the out group down

    and out. This is because any culture that tries to identify and prosecute

    something as hidden as a secret homosexual identity can only do so by

    creating a climate of fear and hypocrisy. It must encourage unfounded

    accusations and it must submit unfairly accused people to brutal and

    destructive interrogations. In the case of gays, this must be done

    whether or not the suspected parties recognize themselves as gay or

    lesbian prior to the interrogations. Military examples of these

    interrogations sometimes sound like brainwashing.

    There are currently gays in the military. A ban cannot keep gays

    out. There are just as many gays in the military as there are in civilian

    life. Policing the military to eliminate homosexuality does not

    eliminate homosexuals but it does create a climate of anxiety that

    causes a sexually toxic situation for everyone, straights as well as

    gays, because straights can be mislabeled as gay in our current

    military. Straights are also able to keep gays down because of this

    The present view of our government on gays in the military is a

    policy first brought up by the Clinton administration, and that is a

    policy of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell”, meaning that a persons sexual

    orientation will remain secret. As we all know a person’s sexual

    orientation can only be kept secret for a certain amount of time before

    it is revealed. The policy, which has been in effect for some time now,

    has been the governments way of dealing with the problem of gays in

    The new ban said you could be gay in the military, as long as

    you never let it be known. Well, under the old one a soldier could

    always be gay as long as it was never known. And under both bans,

    you could be asked but need not tell. And under both bans, if you did

    tell that you were gay it would be grounds for discharge. So the gays

    had thought they would win this battle, but when the smoke had

    cleared, the military had clearly won.

    And this new ban, the new ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ ban, ended all

    the commotion, all the publicity. All this policy has done has made

    gay people step back into their closets. The talk shows stopped talking

    about gay rights. The newspapers stopped carrying front page stories.

    The forces that had whipped it into a front page issue had lost steam

    There have been many other proposals but none have been as

    successful as the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. I believe that this is a

    good policy for the time being, but in the long run this policy will not

    do. A new policy must be made, but before a new policy can be

    incorporated into the system the views of the general public must

    change and people must accept the fact that some people are different.

    Both George W. Bush and John McCain are saying they support

    the current “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that lets homosexuals serve in

    the military as long as they don’t disclose their sexual orientation. This

    goes to show that the issue of gays in the military has not yet been

    resolved and may not be for some time now.

    Works Cited

    Carney, Ralph M.,Herek, Gregory M., Jobe, Jared B. Out In Force
    Sexual Orientation and the Military . Chicago: U of Chicago
    P. 1996.

    Shawver, Lois. And The Flag Was Still There: Straight People, Gay
    people and sexuality in the U.S. Military. New York: Haworth
    Pub. 1998.

    Scott Sandra, Wilbur. Stanley Carson. lGays and Lesbians in the
    Military, Issues Concerns, and Contrasts. New York: Aldine De
    Gruyter Pub. 1999.

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