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US Military: Gays Worse Than Criminals?

Barack Obama just told the gay publication the Advocate that he favors the repeal of the 1993 policy, Don't Ask, Don't Tell. He also said as president he would work to pass antidiscrimination workplace laws and grant those in same-sex civil unions federal marriage benefits. However, when selecting his joint chiefs of staff, he will not require that they share his position on the policy.

Don't ask, don't tell prohibits gay military personnel from disclosing their sexual orientation because anyone that "demonstrates a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would create an unacceptable risk to standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion."

While the military does not accept openly gay recruits, it is increasingly making exceptions for those with criminal records. Ex-cons are not allowed to enlist, unless they receive a moral waiver. To find out how many more ex-criminals the military is taking,


Since 2004, the amount of criminal waivers issued has tripled! The rate of army recruits with waivers is now 13 percent.

If the army is changing its traditional admission standards to accept those with a criminal past, it seems it is past time to accept courageous Americans of all sexual orientations. Is there any justification for this discrimination? Why is the US requiring those in the military to keep their sexual orientation a secret, or risk losing their careers?


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