Thursday, January 15, 2009

Gays in the military

by Sheila Liaugminas

The question came up at the early presidential debates last year during the campaign season, those somber moderators like Wolf Blitzer asking the lineup of candidates on stage to raise their hands if they support ‘gays openly serving in the military.’ Here’s what I don’t get…

Seriously considering the issue, with all due respect to all human beings no matter what their race, ethnicity, religion or orientation, I’m wondering why the ‘openly’ part of this activism. People serving together in all sorts of places have, in their private lives, their own particular manner of expressing their sexuality. Why are service members who have same-sex attraction demanding the ability to lead with their sexuality in daily social interactions and be defined by it, as opposed to who they are as a person?


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