The Rights Of The Lgbt Community

1404 Words Jun 18th, 2015 6 Pages
To willingly want to fight for the safety and security of your country is courageous, selfless, and deserving of the utmost respect. One would think that more people would not want to risk their lives at war, than those who do. But countless brave souls go off to war because they want to and they love the idea of defending their home and loved ones. So the idea that such institutions would ever deny someone of risking their lives for the country seems absolutely ridiculous. But this was the very harsh reality of the LGBT community who wanted to serve in the military and be proud of not only their country, but also their identity and orientation. The extremely controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy treated the gay and lesbian soldiers …show more content…
But the MSETA was still a step in the right direction.
Originally the DADT law was enacted by Clinton as a compromise to let gays and lesbians serve in the military while protecting themselves . No one would ask another person if they were gay or lesbian and if they were, it was expected that they would not answer. However, it wasn 't exactly what the community wanted. Gay veteran JD Smith says, “it wasn’t as easy to hide your personal life in the military.They didn 't to hide who they were and feel closeted. Believe it or not, there are actually many opponents of DADT repeal. They claim that allowing gays and lesbians to be open about their sexual orientation “would somehow harm service members and weaken military readiness and unit cohesion” (Smith). Another concern was that if gays and lesbians openly shared their sexual orientation they would force themselves onto their colleges and their colleges could perhaps react in a negative way. I tried to understand the DADT policy along with Clinton as possibly trying to protect the gay and lesbian service members
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