An essay by Air Force Colonel Om Parakash that appeared in the Joint Force Quarterly, urged a complete overhaul of regulations dealing with gays and lesbians. Prakash did not mince words and said, “It is not time for the administration to reexamine the issue, rather, it is time for the administration to examine how to implement the repeal of the ban.” he cited several reasons for ending bans on gays and lesbians.
1. Loss of over 12,000 trained personnel over the past decade at a time when the armed forces desperately needs these individuals.
2. There is no evidence gays and lesbians in the armed forces creates social problems.
3. Public opinion polls show most Americans no longer support a ban on gays and lesbians.
4. The ban, in itself, creates more problems for commanders than benefits.
Common sense, but is it enough to persuade equivocating Barack Obama to actually take a stand in support of human rights?