A man has arms and legs. Not so coincidentally, so do women. Also not so coincidentally, black men and women have arms and legs. Catholic or Christian men and women have arms and legs. Republican and Democratic men and women have arms and legs. All of these people are different in some way or form, and yet they all have arms and legs. All of their arms and legs function the same way as well. There is no difference in the capability of these people. It is not until you bring in the sexuality of these men and women does the military begin to question their capability.
The Don’t ask, Don’t Tell doctrine was a law that allowed gay men and women to serve in the military under the grounds that their sexuality remain a secret. If they are very open about their sexuality and inform those that they are gay, they would be discharged. This bill has been recently repealed and gays are now allowed to be open about their sexuality in the military without fear of being discharged. With the acts repeal, it is now an important philosophical question whether or not gay or lesbians should be able to serve in the military.
I think that it is certainly and rightfully okay for them to serve. Take into consideration what I said earlier. Their arms and legs function with the same capabilities as anyone else. They can defend this country just as well as anyone else. The only real question should be what exactly is different about them that makes it such a big deal? Nicholas Ferroni from the Huffington Post has written a great piece about how our country would not exist the way it does today if it were not for that of a gay man. This article sums up my entire view of the question. I just do not see any justification to prohibit someone from serving in the military, because of who they like.
Counter arguments suggest that the heterosexual community within the military, which is the obvious majority, would feel uncomfortable doing the normal things with gay or lesbian soldiers, such as showering. The heterosexual soldiers would feel like they are being watched and uncomfortable when around these soldiers. While I can see and accept this argument, I do not necessarily think that it is strong enough to not allow gay men and women serve the military. Do things like this matter enough to discriminate against an entire population of people from protecting the country? I think they should not.