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“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Is Not Necessary

Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 14:44 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

So says the Department of Defense working group that studied the issue, in their report just released on the Pentagon web site.

A change in the law that bans gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military can be implemented without irreparable harm, the co-chair of a Pentagon working group that studied the matter said yesterday.

That conclusion seems intuitive and could have been reached without much study, it seems to me. I have long believed that if some members of the armed forces would allow negative personal feelings about homosexuality to hinder the performance of their sworn duties, the problem is with themselves, not the gay members. Anyone who can’t or won’t do his or her job because of distaste for a particular characteristic of a co-worker doesn’t deserve the job.

That said, I haven’t had a chance to do more than quickly glance at the report, since I’m currently at work. I will look look over it, read sections of it in greater detail and comment over the next few days.

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