The ever-controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is one step closer to being gone. The repeal has now made it through both the House and the Senate, so the only remaining step is for President Obama to sign it into law. Considering the President’s stated position on DADT, there is little question as to whether he will sign the measure.
The news was the lead story on all 3 networks’ news coverage tonight, which made me chuckle a little before I turned the TV off.
Personally, I don’t see what the big deal is. If homosexuals want to put their lives on the line for their country, they should be allowed to…and yeah, I know that this group has this study saying this about the effect on unit cohesion, and that group has that study on the effect on morale, but the way I see it, as long as homosexuals are held to the same regulations regarding fraternization, dating, and general behavior as the rest of the military, repealing DADT really shouldn’t have that much of an effect – particularly since there are already regulations against harassment based on sexual orientation.
This isn’t as big of a thing as the media are making it out to be – the only reason this is big news is because it has been an ongoing political battle for so long, and the gay agenda is such an important part of the Left’s agenda. Much of the debate has been instigated by media hype. But in the end, I think this will turn out to be a non-issue: the military will continue operating as they always have. In fact, about the only way I could see this policy change being a big deal is if gays that join the military end up being the victims of hazing or harassment – any and all cases will undoubtedly be overplayed by the media to cast the military in a bad light.
But in the end, we won’t really know what effect repealing DADT will have until it is actually repealed. I think it would be a good idea for the military to study things like unit cohesion and morale after the DADT repeal goes into effect, so we can see for sure whether repealing the policy actually does what so many people are afraid it will do. If repealing DADT damages morale and unit cohesion, then it should be reinstated, but if not, there is no reason for it.