Folks that are in the position to do so are trying to end the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and allow openly gay men and women to serve in the military.
Politicians against the policy revocation have spouted various and sundry reasons for keeping it, and most seem to amount to “we don’t want our boys to feel threatened or uncomfortable.”
I wonder if they’ve seen the statistics around women in the military. From this article:
“According to several studies of the US military funded by the Department of Veteran Affairs, 30% of military women are raped while serving, 71% are sexually assaulted, and 90% are sexually harassed.
The Department of Defense acknowledges the problem, estimating in its 2009 annual report on sexual assault (issued last month) that some 90% of military sexual assaults are never reported.”
But yeah, we wouldn’t want our straight male soldiers to feel a little oogy. Maybe these naysayers should think about using their political capital to solve some of the problems for female soldiers, and not worry so much about able-bodied men and women (who happen to be gay) who want to serve and fight for their country.