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Should soldiers thrown out for being gay be allowed to re-enlist now?

At least three service members discharged for being gay have begun the process to re-enlist after the Pentagon directed the military to accept openly gay recruits for the first time in the nation's history.

The top-level guidance issued to recruiting commands Tuesday marked a significant change in an institution long resistant and sometimes hostile to gays.

"Gay people have been fighting for equality in the military since the 1960s," said Aaron Belkin, executive director of the Palm Center, a think tank on gays and the military at the University of California Santa Barbara. "It took a lot to get to this day."

The movement to overturn the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy gained speed when President Barack Obama campaigned on its repeal. The effort stalled in Congress this fall and found new life last month when a federal judge in California declared it unconstitutional.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:45 AM on Oct. 20, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I think if someone wants to fight for our country, they should be allowed. (granted, of course, that they are physically and mentally able)

    Answer by KelleyP77 at 10:02 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • of course!

    Answer by samurai_chica at 8:49 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • I'm just afraid that taking away the don't ask don't tell policy will cause trouble for those who are gay in the military. Because there are alot of pig-headed, biggots in the army and that could lead to hate crimes if they knew there were gay people in their company. That is my only concern with it. THe last thing we need is more bullying just for being gay.

    Answer by GinNTonic at 8:58 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • special, a little sore that you couldn't have it your way?....emotions do make the world go round you know......

    Answer by older at 11:48 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • IMO~Gays have Privacy rights.. Heterosexuals have Privacy rights. Neither should have to compromise their rights for the other. Invading a private space (ie: military dorm) in where a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy(whether gay or hetero) is a fine line that the military needs to deal with methodically.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:30 PM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:45 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • The recruiting announcement came even as the Justice Department battles in the courts to slow the movement to abolish the 1993 Clinton-era policy.

    U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips rejected the government's latest effort Tuesday to halt her order telling the military to stop enforcing the law. Government lawyers have said they will appeal.

    The Defense Department has said it would comply with Phillips' order and had frozen any discharge cases. Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said Tuesday recruiters had been given top-level guidance to accept applicants who say they are gay.

    AP interviews found some recruiters following the


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:46 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • Yes.

    Answer by GinNTonic at 8:46 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • Yes, it's time has come!

    Answer by older at 8:48 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • To my understanding those who enlist right now are also being told that it could still be idk if i'd get too jumpy.I really do not care that gays serve but I did see DADT as a protection of sorts in a way.

    Answer by tnmomofive at 8:48 AM on Oct. 20, 2010