Repeal Of Don't Ask Don't Tell

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The ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy is a major policy of the armed forces of the United States, and allows a number of people to serve their country. This policy restricts the United States armed forces from discovering gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. The ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy has, in a way, limited homosexuals from completely fulfilling their military duties by forcing them to serve in the military silent about their personal lives. The policy is a violation of equal rights, forces homosexuals to violate the military code of honor, and causes disputes among fellow soldiers and should be repealed.
The ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy should be repealed because it would strengthen the United States military dramatically. Repeal would allow homosexual soldiers to “keep their personal and professional integrity” (Schultz 2), in the armed forces. If the policy is not repealed then many gay and lesbian soldiers would have to continue to serve their country, lying about their sexual views. The policy forces homosexuals to serve in silence. Also, repealing of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy allows a great number of people to join the army and increases the militaries’ size.
One major conflict with the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy is blackmail. A perfect example is stated by Kabay, “Let's see: how about we establish a policy that allows people with a specific predilection to work in our organization, but then also subject them to dismissal if they admit to their prediction? Sounds like a prescription for blackmail, doesn't it? Just think of how spies – national or industrial – could take advantage of such a policy to coerce their victims into collaboration against the interests of their employer – or of their nation” (Kabay 1). Fellow soldiers could make homosexuals do things for them by blackmail by threatening to expose their personal views. If homosexuals are exposed while the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy is still in effect, they could be discharged from the military. The blackmailing of fellow soldier is immoral and unethical and should not be put into practice. Discriminating upon homosexuals is wrong because everyone is equal and should be treated fairly. Soldiers that are discovered doing so should be discharged themselves.
Another problem with the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is that, if discovered, homosexuals will be discharged from the military. The discharge of a homosexual from the military, based on his personal life, is a violation of equal rights. Every human is different, but none should be judged separately based upon who they are. “We find unity in our incredible diversity, drawing on the promise enshrined in our Constitution: the notion that we are all created equal, that no matter who you are or what you look like, if you abide by the law you should be protected by it; that if you adhere to our common values you should be treated no different than anyone else” (Obama 1). This statement shows...

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