Homosexuals Should Be Allowed to Serve Openly in the Military

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Andrew Keating Homosexuals Should Serve Openly in the Military According to the International Herald Tribune, at least 58 Arab linguists were kicked out of the U.S. military ("U.S. military continues to discharge gay Arab linguists, and Congress members seek hearing", Par. 1). One might ask why, during this time of combating Islamic terrorist networks and insurgents in Iraq, would the military get rid of people with such valuable talents? The answer is simple: these men and women are homosexual. Gays and lesbians can serve in the U.S. military but only if they keep their sexuality a secret. This is known as the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and has been in effect since 1993. The United States is one of only a handful of nations…show more content…
The final reason to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the U.S. military is the examples set by some our nation's closest allies in the War on Terror. The United States and Turkey are the only two countries in NATO that do not allow gays to serve openly in the military. Turkey is currently applying to be accepted into the European Union, which would force them to replace their discriminatory policy leaving the United States as the only one that won't allow homosexuals to serve openly. The British military started allowing gays to serve openly in its armed forces in 2000, with many citizens and officials suspicious that problems would arise. According to a British military official quoted in an International Herald Tribune article the "problems the services thought were going to come to pass really haven't materialized" (Layall 2). Britain is one of the United States closest allies in the War on Terror, fighting with our nations troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Other nations that are fighting with us that allow homosexuals to serve openly include: the Netherlands, France, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Italy, and Australia. All of these nations have troops fighting alongside our nation's military in Afghanistan without any loss in combat effectiveness. The

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