Saturday, September 11, 2010
Can’t Ask, Won’t Tell
By: Cornelle D. Carney
Recently, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that the military’s controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy is unconstitutional. This judge wrote a four score opinion on the matter saying that is contradicts the First and Fifth Amendments of the supreme law of the land.
For gays and lesbians that have been denied or revoked service in any branch of the military, this is a win for them. For me, a current member of the military, this is also a win for me. Not saying that I am gay or anything, but as a person that is not homophobic and is against violence this is a win. This policy, which was enacted under President Bill Clinton’s administration, has caused soldiers their lives. One soldier in particular was literally beaten to death because of rumors that started about his sexually. Those soldiers who committed those deadly acts against their own battle buddy were jailed; however, this policy is still in place and is literally wrecking the lives of solider members.
One of my battle buddies, Hefridge, is gay. Our chain-of-command knows this but cannot approach him about this because of the DADT policy. Rumors have been going around that he has been having sexual intercourse with other men while on this deployment and a lot of animosity towards him has manifested. He does not deny being gay. I am concerned about him. What if someone reaches a tipping point and begin to assault him? What if he reaches a tipping point and harms himself?
The purpose of the DADT policy is ultimately to keep a strong, masculine-like military. The real question here is: will allowing gays in the military eliminate the masculinity that is normally associated with being in the military? Furthermore, will fighting alongside a gay make me less capable of doing my job? The answer for me is obvious. I would like to get some outside opinions on this matter however.
If you would like to participate in this discussion, you can do so by replying directly to this blog posting.
C. D. Carney
Cornelle CoCa Carney
United States Army