September 16, 2012
“A Military Success Story”
This article begins describing the first anniversary of the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” statement that pertains to homosexuals joining the military without telling anyone because such an act was illegal. The author convinces the reader into thinking that homosexuality deserves equality by stating that the Palm Center’s research team had said that ending “don’t ask, don’t tell” would not have a negative impact on the military itself. Even though the author explicitly states that he/she is on the side of supporting homosexuality, they also state that the harassment and discrimination rates have not changed. This shows that the author understands the other side of the argument, instead of attacking the opposing side like most arguments lead up to. On the other hand of this success story, it has its downfalls. Homosexual couples do not have benefits as heterosexual couples such as discounted housing, spouses who are alive benefits, how they are treated in military medical facilities, and medical and dental insurance. All of these restrictions towards homosexuals shows disrespect towards the military itself because the military is supposed to be something Americans look up to. Because of the military defending our country, it should not matter who decides to join based on ethnicity, race, or sex. If someone wants to join the military, they should without any strings attached.
I find this argument convincing because I have always supported same-sex marriage and equality however, I am not homosexual myself. Mostly, children’s parents tell them they can be anything they want to be and I am for that statement. It shows that anyone who is willing to do anything to be what they want to be, can get it with hard work and dedication. That is why I admire not just homosexuals, but anyone who is not afraid to stand up for what they believe in. The repealing of this act has showed...