The Paranoid Guide to Better Living: The Repeal of DADT
And now your host, Paranoia:
The bill to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT)" was signed this morning by President Obama. His signature on the bill was the last step to repeal the act, which was a huge step for full acceptance for Gays and Lesbians in society and the military.
It will be a while before the repeal is fully implemented within the Military, as commanding officers need to be trained on things like educating troops and barracks assignments. Gays in the military say that this is what they wanted all along, not to be singled out, but to have the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts. It's an old argument, but from my paranoid point of view I see some caveats.
When it comes to the military should there be gays and lesbians? I'm not saying they shouldn't exist, just like women in the military. They are there, but should they be defined as such? In the military, especially the Marines, aren't you a solider first? Male, female, gay, straight - it shouldn't matter - you are a solider fighting in America's army.
DADT was implemented because gays and lesbians were being singled out and persecuted. While that behavior didn't exactly stop when DADT was in effect, in fact if you were exposed as gay or lesbian you were discharged from the military, it did protect gays and lesbians from persecution.
That being said, for the purpose of removing the effective ban on gays and lesbians - the repeal of DADT is a good thing. No longer will qualified soldiers be discharged because of their sexual orientation. That was stupid. We need all the soldiers we can get.
The problem I foresee is just like in normal society, whereas the military is certainly not normal society, the gays and lesbians may face discrimination again. While they won't be discharged for being gay, their fellow soldiers may react like a lot of society reacts to gays and lesbians. Remember, not all of our soldiers are pillars of the community. Just like any sub-section of society, all classes are represented.Continued on the next page