Personally I see no need to advertise your sexuality or ask about someone's sexuality in the military, but don't ask don't tell suppresses it forcefully and has the side effect of getting soldiers booted out if it's even discovered offhandedly that they are gay. It's effectively used as a way to kick gay soldiers out, regardless of whether it was them who stated they are or not.
This policy was supposedly enacted to protect gay, bisexual or transgender soldiers from harassment by their superiors or fellow soldiers. But, it was more used as a cover for the concept that a gay, bisexual or transgender soldier would affect the morale of the unit, be undisciplined, affect the discipline of the unit, or cause other alleged problems. In truth, public opinion studies of active duty military members show the opposite. Either people are in favor of gays serving our country, or they have no opinion, and it does not bother them, either way. And, President Obama has even stated that an excessive amount of money has been wasted replacing and training new soldiers to replace gay service members who have been thrown out under the policy.
Homosexuals were routinely discharged from the military, simply for being gay. That is discrimination in its most basic sense. An individual's job performance could be exemplary, their morals very high, and they could be discharged without cause, simply for being gay. That is discrimination. There is no other logical way to view it.
"Don't ask, don't tell" is essentially ignoring the issue and hoping it will go away. It's a cowardly approach that sidesteps acknowledging that homosexuality doesn't affect a soldier's ability to do his job. While some heterosexual soldiers may be made uncomfortable by having gay comrades, this is a misplacement of priority.
When you single out one category of people from the masses for no other reason than because they fit into a certain category, that's generally referred to as discrimination. "Don't ask don't tell" is discriminatory, because it requires that homosexual people keep their preferences to themselves, even though it doesn't have any effect on the task at hand. If they decide to make their stance common knowledge, they are immediately discharged from the military. On the other side, if a heterosexual says they're straight, there's no repercussions. In this way, they single out homosexuals for their beliefs, and don't allow them to express themselves.
I believe "don't ask don't tell" is discriminatory, because it requires a person to keep something hidden in order to avoid suffering discrimination. In order to be equal, they have to keep the truth private. Though this may not be the most blatant example of discrimination, it fits the definition nonetheless.
It may appear that the military is being sensitive to the issue with a "don't ask, don't tell" policy, because homosexuals are still permitted to serve in the military, as long as they keep their orientation to themselves. However, this is still discrimination, because the military will not allow homosexuals to serve if they are honest about their sexuality. This still creates an atmosphere of homophobia and discrimination, because homosexuals must hide their true identity to continue to serve.
It may have been implemented with good intentions, but basically this policy still requires secrecy, because it's telling gays they can't tell anyone about their sexual orientation. Therefore, it is discriminatory. What the policy should be is, "don't ask, because it's none of your damn business."
This issue is only for gay people who want to advertise that they are gay. Why do I need to know the other person is gay? "Don't ask, don't tell" is the best solution. Whoever decides they want to tell should be ready for what comes after. It is a fact of life they should just deal with. Had they not revealed their sexual orientation, no one would harass them about it.
People ought to have the freedom to be who they are without having to hide. The don't ask don't tell policy forces people to choose between being protected by keeping secret who they really are or being who they really are and facing the consequences. True freedom and equality comes when someone is allowed to be open about who they really are without facing discrimination.
Since when does anything I do in my private life involve the government, or those around me? What happened to discretion? We, as a society, are so caught up in knowing everyone's business, that we feel it is our right to. Government needs to make no such policies, such as "don't ask don't tell". I think as a general rule people need to mind their business. That being said, being gay is fine, and being straight is fine. No one needs to run around telling anyone what they are, just for the sake of pride.
It is not right that all these people that arnt even serving in the millitary are thinking they have the right to give there opinion in the subject Because just a hint of disjointed and disjointed behavior on the battlefield can lead to personal harm or death for our troops.
The Don't Ask Don't Tell rule is definitely not discrimination. The rule is necessary because of the importance of unit cohesiveness and unity to safety on the battle field. Our troops have no choice but to live in close quarters with their fellow soldiers and anything that might affect their ability to jell as a unit has to be eliminated. Because just a hint of disjointed and disjointed behavior on the battlefield can lead to personal harm or death for our troops.