It really doesn't matter what sexual orientation someone is, they should be given equal rights ESPECIALLY if they want to serve in the U.S. military. When everyone is in their uniforms everyone is equal. Doesn't matter what color they are, sexual orientation, or gender. They are all there to fight for our country and just about nothing should get in the way of that.
The United States armed forces is the largest volunteer force in the world. As such, gays should be allowed to serve in the military. A love of country knows no color, nor does it recognize a certain sexuality. The uniform speaks for itself--men and women are willing to die for their country. It shouldn't matter whether or not someone loves a member of the opposite sex or not. As long as each person is willing to sacrifice equally, sexuality in the military is a small issue.
To say that there will be seamless integration of openly gay and lesbian service members into the U.S. military may seem optimistic, but it's true. People join the military to defend our country, and that is the bond they form with their fellow soldiers. While it may take time to adjust, military members will understand that they are there to serve their country and defend us from enemies foreign and domestic. Sexual orientation is an afterthought to that higher ideal.
I believe that in the year 2012, openly gay and lesbian people should be allowed to serve proudly just as heterosexuals do. Gays and lesbians have been serving our nation for years, despite doing it while keeping their sexual preference private. It would be a strong message to the rest of the country to integrate openly gay and lesbian service members into the military.