QUOTE(fameONE @ Feb 28 2010, 04:23 PM)
Yes, there are gays in the military already. I don't care about what someone's sexual orientation is, but the moment this is an issue that's brought to the forefront, then the mission, whatever it is (combat or peacetime), will not get accomplished. You'll have troops that are paranoid that every gay guy is plotting a violent rape scheme, or, even worse, their brother in arms, might end up being a target.
Yea I'm sorry but those arguments are just validating homophobia. Servicemen should have something more to fear than homosexuals.
QUOTE(karmakiller @ Mar 3 2010, 03:59 AM)
I know this might make me look bad, but you also have to take into consideration that people in the service aren't just working together, they are living together, eating together, showering together. I agree that the "what if an openly gay man finds me sexually attractive" thought shouldn't apply, because I have been around and worked with plenty of men who I haven't found sexually attractive. There's also the issue that if you are a straight man in the military and are being harassed by a gay man, or are a gay man in the military and are being harassed by a straight man that you cannot just leave. I know it sounds weird, but if you're civilian and are being harassed because your sexual preference you still have to option to quit your job.
I completely agree that men and women should be allowed be open about their sexual preference and still serve, but so many people are saying "what does it matter if they are gay or not?", which can really be applied to both sides.
I fail to see how it's acceptable to discriminate against gay people, just because a few straights are homophobic. Know what, I think they should repeal this then start discharging anybody that makes homophobic statements, because I think that flies in the face of US values that servicemen are supposedly fighting to uphold.
A lot of the military is made up of younger people who have no problem with gays in the military. If it isn't overturned now I reckon it will be in the future because the people who oppose it are getting older and will soon be on their way out.