Bigotry has no place in the military

December 01, 2010

As we get closer to the inevitable repeal of don't ask, don't tell, I have to say that this debate really upsets me to my core. This policy is such a blatant violation of the rights of the dedicated men and women in uniform I can hardly stand it.

The time has come for America to practice what it preaches and protect the rights of all its citizens, and the best place to start is with those who have chosen to serve in the armed forces in order to protect our freedom. What these servicemen and women do in their personal lives, whom they love, has no bearing on national security. Lest we forget, these same arguments were made in opposition to racially integrating our armed forces. And guess what happened? Soldiers got over their differences, and our armed forces are more racially and ethnically diverse than anyone arguing for segregation could ever have imagined.

Change is inevitable, and bigotry is the biggest threat to national security, not whether or not the soldiers putting themselves in the line of fire are gay or not.

Bernadette Onyenaka, Baltimore

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