It’s Official: Gay is Okay

The United States Military has finally come to realize what we all have known for, well, generations. It’s OK to be gay and in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or, believe it or not, the Marines.

A Pentagon study on gays in the military has determined that overturning the law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” might cause some disruption at first but would not create any widespread or long-lasting problems.

The study was expected to provide some much-needed ammunition to congressional Democrats struggling to overturn the law. But despite supporters’ hopes to force a vote during the lame-duck legislative session, it remains unclear whether the findings would be enough to sway skeptical Republicans, led by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

And to think, we almost elected John McCain to be our president, and Sarah Palin to be our vice president.

The study found that 70 percent of troops surveyed believed that repealing the law would have mixed, positive or no effect, while 30 percent predicted negative consequences. Opposition was strongest among combat troops, with at least 40 percent saying it was a bad idea. That number climbs to 46 percent among Marines.

Marines. “We’re looking for a few good men.” Funny. The ancient Greeks staffed their elite units with gay men. Or was that he romans. Well, whatever. If the Marines really do want to think of themselves as “special forces” then it might be helpful for them to join the 21st century with the rest of us. And they will, kicking and screaming.

According to the assessment, 92 percent of troops who have served with someone they believed to be gay thought that their unit’s ability to work together was either very good, good, or neither good nor poor.

I’ve always thought that … Gay people kind of tie everything together, make it work.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), has promised a vote on the matter by the end of the year, after hearings can be held this week on the Pentagon study. … Reid spokesman Jim Manley said the majority leader is “very much committed to doing away with the ban this year” but that it was the GOP’s fault for blocking the bill.

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Comments

  1. #1 Calli Arcale
    November 30, 2010

    Marines. “We’re looking for a few good men.” Funny. The ancient Greeks staffed their elite units with gay men. Or was that he romans. Well, whatever.

    Not the Romans; there they were specifically looking for married men whenever possible, and on long expeditions, they were encouraged to bring their families. It was a way of bringing Rome along with them, and also a way of putting a rather larger foot in the door on the other side — they weren’t just soldiers, they were colonists as well. And they knew that men with families would fight to protect them. Of course, some of them were likely gay, but that’s not important. They certainly weren’t hired for that.

  2. #2 Calli Arcale
    November 30, 2010

    Ack; I hit “Post” too quickly. Meant to add that this is, nevertheless, wonderful news. It’s about time that gays were allowed to serve their country openly and honestly. I’ve never understood why lying by omission was felt to be better for unit cohesion than admitting to be gay.

  3. #3 MadScientist
    November 30, 2010

    Well, various departments of the armed services have been saying it for years – but John McCain isn’t listening. Jon Stewart had his fun with McCain a few weeks ago.

  4. #4 abb3w
    November 30, 2010

    For the curious, the full DOD report is here.

  5. #5 Brian
    November 30, 2010

    “The ancient Greeks” had many different social and political models among different city-states and even in the same city-state at different times. You are referring to Thebes’ Sacred Band.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred_Band_of_Thebes

  6. #6 01Jack
    November 30, 2010

    Somewhat OT:

    In a historic vote Tuesday afternoon the Illinois House of Representatives have approved legislation allowing same-sex civil unions …

    Linky.

  7. #7 Chris
    December 1, 2010

    “… Gay people kind of tie everything together, make it work.”

    This is a silly thing to say. Gay folks are just people, they might make things better or worse in a group situation all on their own accord, independent of any social hostility. I would imagine that gay folks who enter military service, expecting this bias to exist, probably make the extra effort in groups, but come believe it or not, being gay does not determine your personality type.

  8. #8 yogi-one
    December 1, 2010

    The United States Military has finally come to realize…It’s OK to be gay

    That puts them ahead of the Catholic Church.

  9. #9 Greg Laden
    December 1, 2010

    “This is a silly thing to say. Gay folks are just people”

    And many gay people, it turns out, also have a sense of humor and recognize parody when they see it. Did you read the quote? A lot of people skip the quotes in my blog posts. If you skip the quote, how can you get my joke about the quote? Don’t be a quote skipper. I put a lot of time into retyping those babies.

  10. #10 Timberwoof
    December 1, 2010

    A few years ago some US military officers opined that the military would not suffer if it allowed gays o serve openly. John McCain scolded them and told them that it was up to Congress to decide.

    Every time some Senator or Congressman opined that the military should allow gays to serve openly, John McCain scolded them and said that this was a decision for the military to make.

    McCain wants it both ways, as long as it’s his way. The Greeks had a word for that, hyp-something, but with all the illogic that’s spewing out of the Republicans lately, I’m having a hard time remembering. It’s as though hyp-something was something they did not worry about.

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