Congress is exploring the possibility of changing military regulations which currently are based on the doctrine of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Instead, there is growing feeling it is about time gays and lesbians were accorded the same right to serve their country as other Americans. However, Elaine Donnelly, an opponent of gay rights who heads the Center for Military Readiness, argues allowing openly gay people to serve would create a “sexualized atmosphere,” which would result in “forced co-habitation” and would punish people like her who don’t want to hear or know about anything to do with people who just don’t follow God;s commandments. Rep. Christopher Shays, nodded toward former Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, a gay, who testified in favor of new rules. “He lost his leg. He’ll never have his leg back. And he risked his life for everyone in this room. And we’re asking why we’re having this hearing? We know that gays have served in every conflict. they’ve served in every war…So, that’s why we’re having this hearing.”
There is something weird, and we are not referring to sexual orientation. There is something strange when everyone in the military knows there are gays who are in the front lines serving their country, and Congress is still debating the issue.