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.