Obama’s decision to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell feels like it was forever ago, but it’s still not over, or something. House members already created legislation to undermine the repeal, and now service members are requesting the right to opt out of their enlistment if the repeal goes into effect. Because I mean, what is the military going to be like with all of these gay people in it? You know, all the ones who are already there and just aren’t allowed to be honest about it?
Even though countless gay people serve in the armed forces right now, despite their forced closeted status, the idea that they may be able to be, you know, out apparently still terrifies some Marines. At a question-and-answer session with Marines at an Afghanistan base, Robert Gates, Defense Secretary, was approached with this question:
“Sir, we joined the Marine Corps because the Marine Corps has a set of standards and values that is better than that of the civilian sector. And we have gone and changed those values and repealed the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy. We have not given the Marines a chance to decide whether they wish to continue serving under that. Is there going to be an option for those Marines that no longer wish to serve due to the fact their moral values have not changed?”
Complete article at Autostraddle : http://bit.ly/le6FzG