Friday, November 28, 2003

Because “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Doesn’t Work

An op-ed from the NY Times:

The debate over gays in the military was never really about balancing civil rights with national security. Britain, Israel, Canada and Australia are among 24 militaries that lifted bans on gay soldiers without undermining unit cohesion or combat readiness. These experiences show that the choice is not between gay rights and military readiness. It is between prejudice that compromises national security and equality that enhances it. And that’s no choice at all.

As a Conscientious Objector, I’m torn between my pacificism and and my sense of equality: I wish we didn’t have to have a military at all, but if we must, it must be open to everyone.