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Keep Dont ask, dont tell policy in place for military
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      The headline in the Nov. 13 paper read “Court: ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’ stands.
      A Federal appeals court ruled that the policy could remain in effect while it considers President Obama’s appeal. The -president wants the lame-duck Congress (The one that has been voted out of office by the American People.) in ram through a law to repeal “Don’t ask Don’t tell” policy. If they do, it will radically change our military and weaken its combat readiness.
       Gays and lesbian groups claim their civil rights are being violated because they can not serve openly. They contend that they can not live the lifestyle that they are accustomed to living in civilian life and to do so would subject them to removal from military service.
       This claim is true for everyone serving in our nation’s military. Everyone must conform to the rules and regulations set forth in the Uniformed Code of Military Justice. The UCMJ sets forth how you will behave in the military. Everyone who volunteers to serve is signing up to obey to these rules and regulations.
      The notion that gays and lesbians are being denied their rights is absurd. Everyone who serves is denied rights that you and I take for granted. That is why it is called the military. Adultery is not a crime in our society anymore, but it is under the UCMJ. Officers can not fraternize with enlisted personnel. These are some examples of behavior not permitted because it affects good order and discipline and unit cohesion. Congress has always recognized the fact that our military is a unique institution in our society and therefore requires a unique set of rules and regulations to govern the behavior of its members.  The UCMJ is designed to maintain good order and discipline essential to maintaining a strong fighting force.
       Gays and lesbians have served in our military since its beginning. They should be allowed to continue to serve under the “Don’t ask Don’t tell” policy. Tell this lame-duck Congress to leave the policy alone.
Tom McElwee

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