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Gays in the Military
Submitted: 2002-11-15 21:58:55.000 (post #: 200)

Once again I am amazed at the arrogance and stupidity of our military leaders and the White House. The recent dismissal of gay linguists at the Army's Defense Language Institute makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Six of the gay linguists were studying Arabic. This is happening at a time when the military is experiencing critical shortages of language experts. Yet simultaneously, our nation may very well be attacking Iraq in the near future. According to the "New Republic" magazine, one of the gay linguists was discharged after he was caught with his boyfriend during a surprise inspection at 3:30am. Hmmmm....I thought we had a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in place. This guy kept his mouth shut and he still got thrown out. Comments anyone?
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Military Readiness enhancement Act (House bill 1059) would overturn DADT: contact legislators 3-2005
Submitted: 2005-03-11 13:08:20.000 (post #: 269)

- The Carpetbagger Report - http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com - Taking on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' – the politically smart way Posted By Carpetbagger On 3rd March 2005 @ 13:02 A non-partisan GAO report last month detailed the fact that the military's 12-year-old "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy costs taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and has a negative effect on military readiness. Yesterday, Rep. Martin Meehan (D-Mass.) unveiled legislation to fix this nonsense. But instead of focusing on fairness or equality, Meehan chose a more politically salient path: we need to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to help the military. A group of more than 50 House members filed a bill yesterday that would reverse the 12-year-old 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in uniform, arguing that the ban against them undermines national security at a time when the military is struggling to recruit soldiers. [...] 'The policy is a proven failure," said Representative Martin T. Meehan, a Lowell Democrat who is the bill's lead sponsor. 'In a time of war, it's outrageous that the military continues to discharge thousands of experienced, courageous, dedicated service members, with many of the critical skills that are needed in the war on terror, for reasons that have nothing to do with their conduct in uniform." This will be an up-hill climb, but Meehan clearly understands the politics here. He named his bill the "Military Readiness Enhancement Act." Nothing about equal treatment, nothing about ending discrimination, just a measure to help improve military readiness during a time of war. Indeed, it's also worth noting that at Meehan's event to unveil the bill, he didn't include discharged soldiers who'd been treated unfairly by a misguided policy; he featured military leaders who oppose "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for its adverse effect on the armed services. In addition to 53 co-sponsors for his bill (including one Republican, Rep. Chris Shays of Connecticut), Meehan pointed to the support of military brass: Maj. Gen. Vance Coleman, U.S. Army, retired; Rear Adm. John Hutson, U.S. Navy, retired; Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, U.S. Army, retired; Brig. Gen. Keith H. Kerr, Army, retired; Brig. Gen. Evelyn Foote, U.S. Army, retired; Brig. Gen. Virgil A. Richard, U.S. Army, retired; Maj. Gen. Charles Staff, U.S. Army Reserve, retired; Rear Adm. Alan M. Steinman, U.S. Coast Guard, retired. Retired Army Brigadier General Evelyn Foote said the urgencies of a modern military demand that the best men and women serve, regardless of their sexual preferences. 'The issue is military readiness, not sexual orientation," Foote said yesterday at a press conference arranged by Meehan's office. 'It's a critical way to begin bringing the military into the 21st century." Smart. It's not about civil rights; it's about a stronger military. It has nothing to do with preventing discrimination, and everything to do with improving military readiness. We're not concerned about homophobia; we're concerned about keeping highly-trained translators on job, screening intercepts that may include terrorist plots that could kill Americans. We're not backed by gay rights advocates; we're backed by decorated military officers. For most congressional Republicans, the idea of allowing these troops to serve isn't even up for consideration. But give Meehan a lot of credit – he's not only pushing the right bill at the right time, he's playing the politics perfectly. Article printed from The Carpetbagger Report: http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com URL to article: http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/003664.html
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Re: Gays in the Military

Submitted: 2005-11-22 12:24:06.000 (post #: 329)

When I first learned of the DLI situation it was after the fact, the discharge and all already happened. I was reading about the discharge in one of the news medias on MSN. By this time the two individuals are civilians and trying to find work that ask for the skills that the Armed Forces trained as well as paid them to perform. Which is another subject that as well should be brought to American attention. After reading the interview, I wrote to my home state legislators and the news medias those that I could get addresses for telling them what I thought on the situation. Though I never received a response to the letters, I do believe it shed some light coming from someone who has seen first hand the conditions and situations that have to be dealt with over in the Middle East today. So I know what the fight is about which has educated me more and has involved me more into politics and what is being done. My question is-Does SLDN help these newly discharged individuals find work too? Not that I don’t think what they are doing thus far is more than enough, just a question. Also FYI has the Bush Administration ever gave thought to the Suicide Rate or Even considered that our closest allies have lifted the ban. Land of Freedom and Opportunity, but you better not be gay or you give up every right as an American.
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Submitted: 2005-11-26 14:19:57.000 (post #: 332)

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network is a team of attorneys available to help those servicemembers beginng adversely affected by the Don't Ask, Don't Tell law. Those considering joining the military should check the SLDN web site to know their rights before they join. Those concerned about being targeted in the military should contact SLDN immediately for advice on their rights and get help if necessary to make sure the military does the right thing. The SLDN does not then go about helping discharged servicemembers with employment once out of the military, however, the SLDN may be of assistance in having folks reassigned while in the military so they are able to function without harrasment. The SLDN also has lobbying days so you really can impact your legislator as part of a joint effort. Check out the SLDN web site to see how you can help out and help overturn this law.
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