Throughout the history of the country, the United States has banned gay and lesbian citizens to serve in the military, and serve the land of the free. Even today, the United States is one of the two countries left in the world that still refuses gays to be open and honest with their sexual preference in the military. Something is obviously wrong, and it is no wonder that the issue has always been a controversial one. Up until 1993 , no one has questioned this ban, but then a heated national debate arose, and the country had to reach some sort of a compromise. This compromise, set fourth by President Clinton and Congress , has consistently caused as much controversy as the original ban. “ Don’t ask , Don’t tell , Don’t Pursue. “ was challenged by the courts , but even today they deem it unworthy to consider it constitutionally. The current
Another question in the heated debate is whether a homosexual is as effective as a heterosexual in battle. Many will argue that a homosexual man will be stereotypically feminine, not able to fight, and be too emotional to fight in war. This is ridiculous, what does sexual preference have to do with their performance ? Being homosexual has nothing to do with the ability to serve in combat situations, and them being feminine is irrelevant considering women are allowed to serve in the military.
The issue of how it affects the heterosexuals in the military is really not the issue that should be the concern. If gay and lesbian soldiers are being harassed ,mistreated, and insulted, that is the issue. The issue that should be addressed is why are there such homophobic people serving our country. Is it not them that have the issue? The negative stereotypes about gay behavior affect troop opinions of its gay members immensely. It is false stereotypes and generalizations that intensifies people ignorance about the gay community. Such stereotypes as them being feminine, butch, overly outspoken and sexual.
Along with sexism and homophobia comes numerous other injustices that have been placed by our American pseudo-culture upon all kinds of people for years. There will always be people who hate other people, be it blacks, homosexuals, women, Jews, Asians, and those of any other ethnic backgrounds. If we can see the Nazis were wrong ; if we know that women should have equal rights, and if we know that a black man is no different than a white man, then why does the majority of Americans believe that homosexuals are any different that heterosexuals? This is the issue that should be addressed.
In conclusion, we can plainly see that it’s time for a change. American needs to grow into a new age period. Something has to spark the light that was set over 200 years in the name of freedom. It’s time to realize that we are all human and we’re all the same, we shouldn’t even have to debate the issue of homosexuals in the military. We should address why we continue, as a nation, to discriminate upon fellow human beings for their beliefs, sexual preference, and the color of their skin while we supposedly live in a country built on freedom.