The battle over gays in the military

In a landmark ruling a federal district court judge ordered the US military to stop enforcing the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy on American service men and women.  The law has historically prohibited openly gay men and women from serving in the military.

Since the Clinton administration the law has been in effect, allowing homosexuals to serve in the military if they are not open or vocal about their orientation.   It was Clinton’s answer to a highly charged political issue.  It provided a somewhat palatable solution to the question of whether gay men and women, rather than being expelled from service, should stand alongside their heterosexual counterparts in military service and combat.

The issue is no less charged today as 70 percent of the American people are opposed to the law.  President Obama convinced voters that he would repeal the law quickly once he was elected.  Since taking office, he has found the policy just as difficult to finesse as previous administrations.  Heated opinions on both sides of the issue have led policy makers to avoid the discussion all together.

The heat doesn’t keep the judicial system from ruling on the matter, however, much like marriage laws for homosexuals.  Whether gays are fighting in combat seems to pale in comparison to the war that the judiciary is fighting with executive leaders as rulings are passed and then repealed, laws are drafted and never effected.

After review of the ruling, the government has 60 days to file an appeal.

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