Eleven Fired From Military For Being Gay In January
The numbers are out for the last firings set in motion during Bush administration under “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” The information was released by Congressman Jim Moran, a senior member of the House Defense Appropriations Committee.
“At a time when our military’s readiness is strained to the breaking point from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the armed forces continue to discharge vital service members under the outdated, outmoded ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy,” said Moran. “Our allies have overcome this issue, facing no adverse consequences from lifting bans focused on soldiers’ sexual orientation. Polls show the American people overwhelmingly support repealing this policy. Yet, how many more good soldiers are we willing to lose due to a bad policy that makes us less safe and secure? I’m going to keep releasing this information each month until DADT is repealed.”
Eleven military personnel were fired in January for the heinous crime of being gay. Included are an intelligence collector, a military police officer, a health care specialist, motor transport operator, water treatment specialist, and four infantry members. A 2005 study shows that 760 people were dismissed during the first decade of the policy.
President Obama can stop “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” by executive order right now, so our military loses no more valuable personnel. Let’s hope he’s not swayed by criticism President Clinton received for addressing this issue early on and that he does the right thing.Click here for reuse options!
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