Tuesday, February 2, 2010


In a long overdue move, the nation’s top two Defense officials today called for an end to the 16-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, a major step toward allowing openly gay men and women to serve in the United States military for the first time in its history. Having served in the armed forces for over 15 years, I found this policy indefensible in that it was founded on blatant discrimination of individuals based on who they were as opposed to any prescribed sexual misconduct they or any heterosexual may have committed.

Moving forward, once the policy is repealed, I hope the military focuses on disciplining those who demonstrate inappropriate behavior as opposed to a person's sexual orientation.

As for local right wingers who may object to the end of this policy, I have only one question. When did you serve?

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