Discussions concerning the rights of gays and lesbians frequently lead to comments by those defending the current “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that to allow those with weird ideas about sexuality into the armed forces would result in a dramatic drop in morale as well as discourage those who want to enlist. Of course, I suspect millions of people at this moment who are working in hundreds of work locations have absolutely no idea if the person next to them is gay or lesbian. Congressman Patrick Murphy is the first veteran of the Iraq war who has been elected to Congress and he is among the leading advocates of ending current policy which discriminates against gays and lesbians. He regards as insulting to those who serve the notion they would refuse to accept gays and lesbians as comrades in arms.
It would be interesting if the Joint Chiefs of Staff actually asked men and women in the field of combat how they feel regarding the issue of gays and lesbians as fellow soldiers. Of course, in hundreds of cases gays and lesbians are fighting alongside their friends and no one gives a damn. Ah, for the righteous folk in America who want to maintain sexual purity. You know, someone like Sarah Palin who is furious that teenagers have children.