5 April 2011
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal
The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy states that a soldier does not need to tell anybody their sexuality (whether they are homosexual or heterosexual), and on the same hand nobody in the military asks about it. In 2010, President Obama wanted to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which has definitely allowed for many debates people several different people. Some people are for the repeal, meaning they think that sexuality should not be hidden in the army and that everyone is entitled to their own opinions. People who are for the repeal want to be considered equal and think that it should not matter whether they are homosexual in the military. Others, however, are against the repeal, which means they think that one’s sexuality should be hidden. If Obama were to continue with the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal, it would not make any sense whatsoever. Repealing this law would not only lose straight men and women and cause more sexual tensions and assaults, but it would also change the way the military fights and defends as well as making recruiting for the military more difficult.
To repeal the Don’t Act, Don’t Tell policy would definitely not better the military in the sense that it would lower the amount of straight men and women in the army and increase sexual stress, tensions, and assaults. One in ten people said they would definitely leave if the law was repealed, and fourteen percent of people would consider leaving the military (Eberhart 2). If that many people are against the repeal and did end up leaving, it would totally corrupt the military forces. But not only would the amount of straight members decrease because they would not want to be around heterosexual people, but sexual tensions would arise. Over eight percent of sexual assaults were found to be gay or lesbian, so repealing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy would make for more assaults (Sprigg 1). Also, not only will assaults increase but just...
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