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13,500 Service members discharged!

Did you know that over 13,5000 service members have been discharged from the millitary for being gay since the Don't ask don't tell program began in 1993? That's 13,500 people that were willing to die for their country being told "um, no thanks". I heard the # mentioned on NPR this morning and was shocked so I looked it up because yesterday someone in this group resonded to a post saying that this really never happens.

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trippyhippy

Asked by trippyhippy at 8:07 PM on Feb. 2, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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    trippyhippy

    Answer by trippyhippy at 8:07 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • That is just disgusting. Especially since the gay people are more willing to die for their country than the 13,500 straight people that weren't.
    NightPhoenix

    Answer by NightPhoenix at 8:09 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • some people say theyre gay to get out because they cant handle it or they dont want to be deployed. not everyone does but some do. and its not right that they are discharged for it. but thats how it is for now. someday it will change.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:10 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • 1 of them was related to me, she never had a chance after being kicked out. She is so lost without a college education because she was going to be a lifer. :(
    ZaTa

    Answer by ZaTa at 8:11 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • ZaTa, I am so sorry about that. I know how hard it is to live in an ignorant and evil discriminating society. I wish you relative well in the future.


     


    im sorry

    NightPhoenix

    Answer by NightPhoenix at 8:14 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • that SUCKS
    mommymeg03

    Answer by mommymeg03 at 8:15 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • Almost 11,000 troops have been dismissed under the 1993 law that allows gays to serve only if they don't reveal their sexual preference. Source: CNN


    OP where did you get over 13,500?

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:22 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • This is why educating people to accept others for who they are. We are just now beginning to give rights to everyone reguardless of who they love. This is why we should keep discussing how to make things better, how to get along and how not to hate.
    pnwmom

    Answer by pnwmom at 8:26 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • That's 13,500 people that were willing to die for their country being told "um, no thanks".
    ________
    http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2008/05/airforce_dontask_052208/

    You should read this.

    The military, a trio of the appellate judges ruled Wednesday, cannot dismiss service members just because they’re gay.
    Commanders, they said, must prove the person’s homosexuality harms unit cohesion by questioning others in the unit, a process the justices themselves derided as a distraction — and likely a privacy violation in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2003 decision to nullify Texas sodomy laws.
    Crissy1213

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 8:29 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • They do not just kick them out for being gay they HAVE to prove it harms morale. Or they break the sodomy laws in the military or something else like having sex in a military vehicle. In order to get kicked out.
    Crissy1213

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 8:33 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

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