It is time to repeal DADT
Ben Smith at the Politico carries the story, I’m one of the signatories:
A group of leading military bloggers has issued a joint statement urging Congress to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”The community of “mil-bloggers” — often hawkish, critical of White House and military leadership, devoted to both the First and Second Amendments — isn’t easy to define politically, but has proven an increasingly powerful voice from the ranks. The statement, which says that there have always been gay soldiers and that “very little will actually change” with the repeal of “Don’t Ask,” carries the signatures of the authors of some of the most prominent: Blackfive, Q&O, Outside the Wire, and the US Naval Institute Blog, among others.
The expected pushback is already beginning to mount in the comment section of the link above. I’ve thought about it long and hard. I’ve actually changed my mind from years ago. I guess that’s because I’ve known of and served with soldiers I knew were gay. And every one of them were good soldiers who served honorably and did an excellent job.
I’ve also come to understand that it isn’t going to be the activists or those who want to flaunt their homosexuality who are going to seek to serve their country. Being a Soldier, Sailor, Marine or Airman is a hard, dirty and dangerous job. Those that choose to serve are not going to do it because of who they love, but simply because want to serve their nation and the military is their chosen method of doing so.
This is a cultural change thing. And the culture has been changing for years to more and more acceptance of homosexuality in terms of offering equal rights and protections. This is simply an extension of that. If I thought it would seriously effect readiness, I’d probably oppose it – but I don’t think it will. Will there be some problems and some objections to overcome? Yes. But the military can and will overcome them.
The institution of the military is important to me, I’ve thought about this in some depth and come to the conclusion this is the right thing to do. I agree with SecDef Gates and the JCS that DADT is a policy which needs to be repealed. But I also support their recommendation that it needs to be done thoughtfully and at their own pace. It also means that Congress will need to enact legislation to makes changes the UCMJ and some other necessary legislative steps to make this come to pass.
Sexual orientation should never be a bar to serving your country honorably in the profession of arms.