Tuesday, a federal judge in San Diego ruled that the military policy of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) regarding homosexuals in the armed forces is unconstitutional. But before you cue the streamers and the "DADT Is Dead" banners, you might want to prepare yourself the usual screams about those darn "activist judges." This most recent decision is unlikely to be the last we hear of this controversial debate that has been on-going since DADT was created during the Clinton Administration.
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On Saturday President Barack Obama addressed the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization, vowing to end discrimination against gay and lesbian servicemembers in the Armed Forces via the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT)" policy. The policy, set up during the Clinton Administration, allows homosexuals to serve as long as they are not "out" or open about their sexuality. It was hastily set up when President Bill Clinton's hopes of ending sexual discrimination in the military hit a wall in the early 1990s.
Attitudes have changed some since the early 1990s. While homosexuals still face discrimination, American society has become more open to the idea of gays and lesbians being open about their sexuality. And with the US in the midst of prosecuting two wars and needing every Marine, soldier and sailor they can gather, news of servicemen and women being discharged due to DADT has come at a cost.
Rep. John Conyers is wondering this in light of the fact that we're at war and we're losing valuable soldiers (namely Arabic interpreters) due to this Clinton-era law. I'm wondering as well, considering there is public support for getting rid of the thing. The rule seems to help no one, especially the military and considering there are already rules on fraternization and sexual conduct, all those bigoted "foxhole" scenarios should be rendered moot.
Yet the rule persists.
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