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Ibarrientos 1 Marybeth Ibarrientos Political Science 1 Political Issue Essay: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 9 December 2010 WC: 1499 The Disservice to Our Nation In effort for the cause of civil liberties and rights, gays and lesbians have had a difficult time in achieving their equality among other groups. While there are several other groups mobilizing for rights, gays and lesbians in the armed forces may be among the most controversial and debated topic of our time. At our nation’s toughest times, the question of gay citizens to serve for our country is finally being reconsidered by Congress. Whether the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is an advantage to our country, there are still many citizens willing to defend and serve. While many citizens may believe their set of morals and values, the final decision for the policy’s continuation shall be made as a whole from none other than our nation to only fulfill the destiny protect and serve: Should this policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” be repealed or continued? If one position shall prevail, will it truly present itself as an advantage to our country and its armed forces? The consistency and accuracy of the armed forces may come into question, but as does one’s rights and liberties to serve and protect. Similar to many other historically disadvantaged groups, gays and lesbians have come a long way in the timeline of their civil liberties and rights. President Bill Clinton sought to terminate the discrimination against homosexuals in the armed forces (Essentials of American Government… p. 161, paragraph 5). This effort to ban discrimination against homosexuals did not go as well for fellow congressional and military leaders. Eventually, the compromise was settled on the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Many were deeply affected by the policy to serve for their nation, keeping their orientation for only themselves. This policy required that homosexuals would no longer be questioned of their sexual orientation, but also restricted from being open about their sexual orientation, by threat of discharge from the service (Essentials of American Government… p. 161, paragraph 5). Whether these citizens were the top in their ranks
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Ibarrientos 2 or the wisest of them all, should they reveal they were a homosexual, then a discharge to their name would have to be reported. In effect to this policy, more than 14,000 have been discharged by the law as of 1993 (“About Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” par. 2). Several Americans were discharged, while they could have very well done their job in the armed service to their country. The abandoned children and longing wives, all deprived of fathers of who must remain in the
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