President Obama called for repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in his State of the Union address last week. Now, the U.S. military’s Adm. Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel that it was wrong to force people to “lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens.”
As the U.S. military prepares for the eventual repeal of its 1993 “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring gays from serving openly, this topic has generated a lot of comment.
Admiral Mullen’s predecessors held very different views as this blogger points out.
Sen. John McCain, a former Navy officer said, “Has this policy been ideal? No, it has not. But it has been effective.” Republicans in general are opposed to changing the law.
Other sceptics wonder if this move is based on adequate research.
Often, in the cacophony of different viewpoints, the voice of someone at the centre of the debate is lost. What do gay US military personnel think? After all, over 13000 members of the forces have been dismissed under the current law. A gay military blogger hails this move and calls President Obama the greatest ally of LGBT people.
As the world’s most powerful military is thinking of changing the law, one wonders what is it like for gay servicemen and women across the world. The UK, incidentally got rid of a similar law, 10 years ago.