13 November 2012
Homosexuals Have Rights, Too
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people are serving in the Armed Forces: 71,000 are currently serving, and there are over 1 million lesbian, gay, and bisexual veterans in the United States. The term homosexual means: of or relating to having a sexual orientation to persons of the same sex. The term military means: of or relating to characteristics of members of the armed forces. Recently the law, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, which prohibited military personnel from discriminating against or harassing closeted homosexual or bisexual service members or applicants, while barring openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual persons from military service was repealed. The United States military should allow gays to serve because not allowing them keeps them from aiding in protection, shows prejudice, and will also have an impact on the society of straight people not just the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transvestite people. Prejudice is the unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding a racial, religious, or national group. A fear by some critics was that allowing openly gay soldiers in the military would cause the military to become “awash in rainbow decor, incidents of homosexual rape, and violent clashes between gay and straight soldiers.”(McLean) These thoughts show prejudice along with discrimination which is, treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit. Critics have also warned that “openly gay soldiers will sink morale--causing resignations, discord, and infighting--and ultimately damage readiness at a time when the U.S. military is already taxed to extreme.” (McLean) Having such worries can strike fear in to the eyes of the military, for they may see this as a flaw in the plan to add...