[Christiana Commune, Copenhagen, 2004]I was heartened today to hear that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has come out in favor of allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the Armed Services. The Secretary of Defense, however, seems to want to apply the brakes. He said they first needed to conduct a study and to poll the troops to determine how they felt about it. I suspect that the majority of today's troops, being young, will have no problem serving alongside gays and lesbians. But I also wonder if the Department of Defense polled the troops before integrating the Armed Services in 1950--or did they just do it because they knew it was the right thing to do and an idea whose time had come?
In any event, I can't resist dusting off what I had to say about the issue sometime back: http://www.seattlepi.com/opinion/343620_firstperson17.html