Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Gays in the Military -- Discharge "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network released a report yesterday that the number of gay and lesbians servicepeople discharged because of being gay increased 10 percent last year; one base in Kentucky actually discharged 49 people in one year.

Wait -- aren't we in the middle of a war? And the Armed Services is increasing the number of people it dismisses based on sexual orientation?

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was bankrupt public policy when it was signed by Bill Clinton in 1993. It says that the military can't ask service members about their sexual orientation, but can dismiss people if they volunteer the information or if there is "evidence of homosexual conduct." There isn't a shred of evidence that gay and lesbian people can't be good service members; Israel, Australia, and the U.K. all have openly gay service members.

It's time that the policy is discharged. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network has an online petition you can sign that they will send to your member of Congress and the President. It will only take you a minute, and it can be your action for sexual justice today.

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