Last month, the Pentagon commissioned an expensive survey of servicemembers to get their views on repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Now, they are sending out a similar survey to spouses of servicemembers … seriously.
Who knew that the military was so democratic about personnel decisions? They are asking so many people what they think about the anti-gay policy that I am honestly a little hurt that I haven’t been asked how I feel yet – I am sure my survey will be in the next round though.
If the administration is looking to waste even more time before doing what is right, perhaps they will keep on expanding the breadth of the surveys and we will see something like this:
Dear Afghan Insurgent: The American military is thinking of joining most other developed nations in allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly and honestly in the armed forces. Even though eight out of 10 Americans fully support the repeal of the anti-gay policy and even though there is no real logical, reasonable or even legal reason to continue discriminating against LGBT people, we still find it necessary to let everyone weigh in before making a decision. We have asked our servicemembers and their spouses what they think, but we want to make sure it is cool with you too.
Here are a few sample questions:
1. How do you feel about fighting a war against opponents who allow openly gay military personnel?
2. Would your family treat you differently if they knew you were fighting against an LGBT inclusive military?
3. If a wartime situation made it necessary to share a battlefield with an American gay or lesbian servicemember, what are you most likely to do?
Of course this is a ludicrous exaggeration, but the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal process is proving to be nothing but ludicrous. More than 78% of Americans support getting rid of the anti-gay policy – in our divided nation, I can’t think of anything else that 78% of Americans agree on.
Stop the insanity, stop asking people how they feel about it and end the policy NOW!
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