Don't ask, don't tell is wrong for today's military

December 01, 2010

Anyone who is willing to defend our country should be able to do so openly. The Pentagon's study on don't ask, don't tell could not be more clear: The military branches of the United States of America are ready to say goodbye to this antiquated policy. A large majority of American citizens supports the repeal. And truly, is our military in any position to turn people away at this point? Particularly on the basis of something as insignificant in the workplace as sexual preference?

Any U.S. soldiers who are unable to handle having a gay comrade are probably not tolerant enough to perform their peacekeeping duties. There is no logical reason to keep gay men and women from serving openly in the US military.

Alyssa Rittenburg, Baltimore

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