Tuesday, July 8, 2008

PFLAG on Bilerico


The Bilerico Project has a PFLAG post on yesterday's news that four senior, retired military officers are the latest to call for repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

A group of four senior retired military officials weighed into the debate on Monday, making them the latest group of officers to declare that the federal ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members should be repealed. They join respected military leaders like General John Shalikashvili, the retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and retired Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy, the Army's former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, in calling for an end to the exclusion of patriotic gay Americans from our armed forces.

"Evidence shows that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly is unlikely to pose any significant risk to morale, good order, discipline or cohesion," the officers said, dealing a direct blow to the tried-and-disproved argument that has so often been deployed by proponents of the ban.

The post goes on to say that, in the end, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" isn't just bad for military readiness, it's bad for families, too.

It also puts service members in the untenable position of defying the services' core values, which include honesty and integrity. As Navy Vice Adm. Jack Shanahan told the Associated Press, the policy, from its very beginning, forced troops to compromise their personal integrity in order to serve.

To read the full Bilerico post, click here.

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