Monday, September 22, 2008

Get DADT on the Debate Platform

Soon the presidential debates between Barack Obama and John McCain will ensue. Servicemembers Legal Defense Network an organization devoted to overturning the military ban on gay, lesbian, and bisexual servicemembers is asking for us to send in requests to moderator Jim Lehrer for Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) to be one of the questions asked of them at the forum.

http://www.sldn.org/page/speakout/debate

6 comments:

Renee Gannon said...

I think this is a hugely important issue to have asked at the debates.

VaB251 said...

Clearly, we will be better off with Obama. Forcing him to address this issue before the elections would seem to be a way to guarantee action later, however, it may chase votes away from Obama and that would put us in a worse position.

Let's wait.

wilksl said...

I know some homo- and bisexuals in the military. Life for them is a constant tightrope walk. Every word must be guarded, you have to censor your personal life, and live with the constant fear of not only being discharged from the military, but of also losing all veteran's benefits.

Hell, I worry about MY orientation affecting my husband's Army career. I'm bisexual. With some commanders, it could become an issue. He could be denied being sent to the board (promotion proceedings) because his personal life doesn't meet a CO's sniff test.

DADT needs to be repealed, and LGBT (yes, I believe that transpeople are worthy of equal treatment!) need to be allowed to serve openly.

Anonymous said...

i heard a rumour last week that the DOD is repealing don't ask don't tell. i don't know if that is the official position or if it's completely made up or what...i just know that i got it from someone with a partner in the military who has supposedly been briefed that the DOD is abandoning DODT because they need the personnel. again, this could be total b.s. i have no way of knowing. if it is, i'm sorry to have further spread it.

wilksl said...

Anony,

There have been some studies made by the DoD that end up concluding that LGB integration would not adversely affect morale and combat readiness, and that recommend that DADT be repealed.

Whether or not the recommendations are followed? That's another kettle of fish. Still, we can hope!

aSeaNamedSolaris said...

I have mixed feelings about DADT. While I do not believe we should be dismissed from service for being gay or lesbian on the one hand, on the other when you join the military you should not be serving as a gay or lesbian person. Part of the "code" of being in the military is the discipline and structure which exist regardless of race, creed, culture, etc. There is no place for the rainbow flag, an African, Armenian or Azerbaijani flag. It's about unity and cohesion for a specific purpose. The military (think French Foreign Legion) is not about individuality or culture-those must be erased in service to the object: a cohesive unit. Perhaps on a philosophical level this is one reason why the military rejects us "out" folks: they fear the homosexualization of the military. There is no place for any kind of culture in the military gay or otherwise. Again it's about structure and discipline which gays and lesbians are perfectly capable of as well as straight folk so we can serve just as well. But I think people fear not so much gay service members as much as gay culture invading the military forces. This I can understand.

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