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February 17, 2009

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy discriminates

As members of the Human Rights Campaign in Kansas City, we have worked for years to remove workplace injustices such as the firing of Kansas Army National Guard specialist Amy Brian, (2/16, A-1, “.‘Don’t ask’ discord is telling”). But Amy is not alone.

More than 9,000 service members have been discharged under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy at a cost of more than a quarter billion dollars to U.S. taxpayers. Dozens of Arabic linguists and Korean linguists from the Army’s Defense Language Institute were discharged for being gay. Why would we discharge perfectly qualified individuals in a time of need?

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” is a discriminatory policy and should be repealed. Reps. Emanuel Cleaver and Dennis Moore know this, but they need your support.

Michael Henry
(Former Human Rights Campaign governor)
Kansas City

Although I am not one who has faced discrimination, I recognize it when I see it. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is government-mandated discrimination. The policy should be dropped, gays and lesbians should be allowed to openly serve, and Amy Brian should be reinstated.

If a private company had this policy, the federal government would be all over them.

Steven Thomas
Kansas City

Comments

Jim

Gary is a nasty, bad, naughty boy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp77t0-3d3s

whispering_to_kc

The most vocal among us speaking out against gays will eventually themselves be caught in an airport bathroom sting looking for some ... wide stance, foot tapping stimulus.

Me? I don't care. Live and let live. You live your life and let me live mine.

Except for the bathroom stimulus which I find kind of disgusting.

solomon

Really stretching the argument there Gary.......

T. Hanson

Gary are you truly trying to say that those that are homosexuals the same as the members of NAMBLA?

Gary

I propose establishing a NAMBLA Division in the US Army. First posting, Afghanistan.

solomon

Laugh your stupid ass off all day for all I care moron, but what is the logic in keeping gays out of combat?

Once again, I am looking for an intelligent answer.

BudRog

Alexander?? ROTFLMFAO? Frigging Alexander!! OMG Race Card, go back to sleep.

solomon

BuddyT,

Why would the need to Charlie Mike preclude homosexuals from combat missions? Being gay sure did not hinder Alexander.

Got to say though, the "being in the rear with gear" is classic you.

BudRog

Sacrificing a few bucks ($95 million, if you buy the math)pales in comparison to the $1.5 trillion we just dropped to socialize our economy. Further, the need to Charlie Mike precludes homosexuals from serving in a combat role. If these folks want to be in the rear with gear that would be acceptable, and only that. But please tell me how that would be accomplished without "discrimination"?

T. Hanson

Once again, over 9,000 discharged under this stupid policy. At $10,500 per person for training, uniforms, and transfers that comes to $94.5 Million. Double that for replacements.

Yea, this sounds like a great policy.

 
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