Gays in the Military: An Overview of the Issue

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Until the Clinton Administrations' 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) policy, evidence of homosexuality could get a soldier discharged. In fact, there were many jokes during the draft era, particularly during the Vietnam War, of unwilling straight recruits pretending to be gay as a way of avoiding the service. DADT remained controversial, however, and recently the law was ended "After 18 years on the books, 'don't ask, don't tell' is done. The policy banning gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military was officially repealed" in 2011 (Martin 2011). It is important to note that in many other nations, the question of whether gays can serve in the military is a non-issue. In Britain, "gay and lesbian service members marched in crisp uniforms in the annual Pride London parade...Gay Australian soldiers and sailors had their own float in Sydney's Gay Mardi Gras parade. In Israel, the army magazine earlier this year featured two male soldiers on the cover, hugging one another" (Gays in military not an issue for many nations, 2009, Associated Press). Israel, a nation with a universal draft which must remain in a state of total combat readiness at all times, the "army recognizes the partners of gay officers as their bereaved next-of-kin…

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