Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Don't ask, don't tell? How about Don't Care!

Way back in July, I wrote here about what was potentially the opening move in the effort to kill the military's ridiculous "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. Well, today MSNBC reported reported:

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - More than 100 retired generals and admirals called Monday for repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays so they can serve openly, according to a statement obtained by The Associated Press. Link

President-Elect Obama has already indicated his support for an end to this policy. Based on the now 15 or so years of Don't ask, don't tell, we now know that nothing terrible will happen if we let gays and lesbians serve openly. And I've said it before, I'll say it again: the military shouldn't get a free pass on discrimination. No other federal employer would be allowed to refuse employment to people based on sexual orientation. It's offensive that the military has been allowed to get away with it as long as they have.

Right now, there are men and women serving in active war zones who can't freely display pictures of their beloveds and who can't talk openly about the true loves they had to leave behind to go serve where their country asked them to. That's shameful and we owe them all our sincerest apologies.

So let's say good-bye to don't ask, don't tell and invoke a new policy: Don't care who you love if you love your country enough to serve.

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