Eng. 122, B. Kern
In 1993, a law was passed in Congress that prevented gays and lesbians from serving in the United States Armed Forces. On Tuesday, two of the nation's top defense officials, Robert Gates and Mike Mullen, asked Congress to repeal this law. The law is more commonly known as the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. The people who backed this law in 1993 argued that gay service members caused our military to be less effective. They also argued that homosexuality makes the military look less unified.
It amazes me that a nation famous for equal rights and freedom would even pass such a law in the first place. In fact, it has probably provided nothing more than a door out of the military for heterosexuals. This means that because of the "Don't ask, don't tell" law, homosexuals have to lie to serve their country and those who are not gay can use it to lie and get out of the military. Now what is the purpose in such a law? It is discrimination, plain and simple. Hopefully, it will be repealed soon. There are those in favor of the law, like Senator John McCain, that are ready and waiting to defend it. Mr. Gates, secretary of defense, said, "The question is not whether the military prepares to make this change, but how we best prepare for it." In my eyes, our military will benefit from a repeal of this law. It needs all the strong, skilled, and qualified individuals that it can get.