Thursday, February 4, 2010

Top Defense Officials Seek to End ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell'

Sarah Fuerst
04 February 2010
English 122
B. Kern

On February 2, 2010, The New York Times published an article about banding the policy "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the military. The "don't ask, don't tell" policy allows men and women who are homosexual to serve in the military as long as they keep their sexual orientation a secret. Many officials agree that this policy forces the men and women to lie about who they are and think that it is a good idea to get rid of the policy. Though some officials had a very negative reaction and are disappointed in the idea and those who support it. Although the change will not take place anytime soon, there are a lot of issues to cover. Such as, Pentagon policies toward policies on benefits, base housing, fraternization, and misconduct.

I think it is a great idea to change the policy, although it might take a great deal of change on the other policies. Whether men or women are homosexuals, it does not effect the quality of their job. Times have changed greatly since that policy was formed and I believe the government should change with the times. I also agree that it is not right to make men and women lie about who they are, especially when a lot of them put their lives on the line for us.

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