Would getting rid of the U.S. military policy of "don't ask don't tell" decrease violent acts against its homosexual members?

  • I feel homosexuals should serve freely and openly in the army, be accepted for who they are, and respected for their service.

    Repealing DADT policy would acknowledge the importance of ALL military members, would decrease hostility and frankly is needed to show due respect for all homosexual members who have and do serve the military. I think repealing the DADT would increase the equality and quality of life of people in military service. Most public opinion polls that I've seen clearly show that majority of heterosexual military member have no problem with serving together with homosexuals.

    Posted by: FastKelvin79
  • I think that getting rid of "don't ask don't tell" will reduce violent acts against its homosexual members, because history suggests that this will be the case.

    Repealing "don't ask don't tell" will help reduce violent acts against homosexual members in the military, because history suggests this will be the case. Violent acts against other minority groups within the military were diminished when certain regulations and laws required equality. The military must function as a team and, while it may be resistant to change, it has always adapted to new rules and regulations. Examples include integrating black soldiers with white soldiers and women serving in the military.

    Posted by: GlossyCyrus79
  • The systematic denial of rights in any system or society directly influences violence towards those being denied.

    Any society that systematically discriminates against any subgroup of citizens is giving all other citizens permission to see that subgroup as less and, therefore, open for violence and one-on-one discrimination. "Don't ask don't tell" sends the message that gay service members should not exist. Therefore, other service members will be apt to make sure that they do not, through threatening and violent acts. Society has to send the message that discrimination is not okay, and that message is best sent by example.

    Posted by: SelfishSalvatore79
  • Yes, ending "don't ask don't tell" will foster a more open military with less violence.

    The end of "don't ask don't tell" will, in the long run, decrease violence against gay and lesbian service members. The immediate effect will be that service members who are attacked for their homosexuality will be more able to report offenders, without fear of being discharged. And as offenders are removed from service, violence will decrease. Over a longer term, permitting openly homosexual military members will increase the social acceptance of gays and lesbians in the ranks, and this will also decrease violence.

    Posted by: tacomoon
  • Allowing homosexuals to be open about their sexual orientation would also allow them the freedom to file complaints if they were harassed, and so would discourage harassment.

    The "don't ask don't tell" policy was always hypocritical. It also encouraged harassment, because it seemed to be saying that gays could be gay as long as they hid it. The military has long been the bailiwick of the heterosexual white male in the United States. During the second World War, African-Americans, Asians, and Native Americans began serving in the military in very limited ways. They were harassed. They were looked down upon. The Code Speakers, the special platoons, these men were outsiders, and not really part of the military. There were women in the services, predominantly nurses. Even when women were ferrying planes to and from the front lines, they were never considered a part of the "real" military. Gays are suffering in the same way that all those others were made to suffer. With one major difference. As a society, we have not yet decided just how we should feel about homosexuals. We haven't decided whether they should be "allowed" to marry or "allowed" to adopt children. When we say to those in the military "don't ask don't tell", we are telling everyone in the military that homosexuals are different. And we all know how the military treats those who are different.

    Posted by: CI3Iike
  • Ending the policy of "don't ask don't tell" will decrease violent acts against the military's homosexual members.

    The policy of don't ask don't tell fosters an environment in which military personnel are led to believe that it is improper to be a homosexual in the military. This creates an improper belief that if a person is homosexual in the military, they should be punished for this. Changing the policy will lead to the norm that it is acceptable to be a homosexual in the military. Once the system is made so that homosexuals are openly accepted in the military, the negative stereotype will be destroyed and the violent acts will decrease.

    Posted by: 5h4rdWorth
  • yes get rid of it

    why should we not. i htink being in the military and fighting for your country should have nothing to do with being comfortable at the same time

  • Legitimising something legally makes it more acceptable over time.

    The US "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy makes it morally wrong to be homosexual in the army - it tells all the soldiers and the public that it's OK to treat homosexuals differently from everyone else. A change in legal policy would cause trouble at first - I don't doubt there would be more violence to begin with - but over many years simply having the government and by extension population say "It's OK to be homosexual and fight for this country," it becomes more legitimate the longer it is in place.

    In addition: Having to hide something means that, at present, those who suffer violence for it cannot come forward. Making it legal to do so and keep one's job would make it easier to deal with those who perpetrate the violence.

    Posted by: DuaneAir
  • I think getting rid of the "don't ask don't tell" policy would decrease violent acts towards homosexuals.

    This is a very bad idea. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen both are for the repeal as well as the president. This "don't ask, don't tell" policy is against freedom of speech. This policy is forcing someone to testify that they're sexuality is different from what it truly is. A 2009 Gallup poll showed 69 percent of Americans, including 58 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of weekly church-goers, favor repealing the law. They need to repeal as soon as they can.

    Posted by: D4rrLatina
  • Yes, getting rid of "Don't ask don't tell" would help decrease violence against gay people.

    The "don't ask don't tell" policy just increases the negative stigma surrounding homosexuality. If the policy were ended, it would reduce some of the fear and sense of being "good old boys". This would help not just within the military, but also in the entire population. I think it would be beneficial to get rid of the policy.

    Posted by: 5c4ryOgdon
  • Getting rid of "don't ask don't tell" will cause anger among those who disagree with homosexuality.

    If we were to get rid of "don't ask don't tell" there will be a number of angry people, such as those who disagree with homosexuality or are otherwise homophobes. As gays begin to serve openly, there are bound to be conflicts between these two groups, which will result in increased violence. However, I also feel that it will promote acceptance, and the violence will fade over time.

    Posted by: SpikyWesley
  • Getting rid of the U.S. military policy of "don't ask don't tell" would not decrease the violent acts, because it would require changing the mentality of others.

    Sadly, in order to decrease the violent acts against military homosexual members, we would actually have to completely change the mentality of those that are against homosexuals. No matter what type of policy is taken, there are those that would feel quite a bit of rage toward having homosexuals in the military.

    Posted by: eyeslikethat
  • Openly gay people should not be in the military.

    There are many gay members of the military right now. These members do not present or declare that they are gay though. Allowing openly gay members in the military would cause an increase in violent attacks against them. This is because of the close proximity in which members of the military work and live.

    Posted by: 5hc4mMicha
  • No, not if the violent acts are due to the victims' sexual preference.

    If "don't ask don't tell" is done away with, homosexual members would definitely feel that they have the right to be upfront about their sexual preference. Their sexual preference would be more obvious to others, and this would not decrease violent acts against them. At first, it might cause the violence to increase. Those who feel the need to react violently towards a homosexual individual, because of their sexual preference, might even feel offended that homosexuals are being so open about it. And, they would react with violence, as they have a tendency to. The violence against homosexuals will cease to exist when individuals implore a sense of respect, peace and tolerance toward one another. While getting rid of "don't ask don't tell" shows a greater sense of respect and tolerance on the military's part, as a whole, it doesn't do the same for each member that is enlisted.

    Posted by: MohaI0v35
  • I believe hate crimes will always exist no matter what policies state, even in our military.

    Policies do not dictate the increase or decrease of hate crimes, ignorance and intolerance do. If this country wants to see a decrease in hate crimes against homosexuals then we need to start being more accepting and tolerant of things we may not understand or agree with. After all, this is still a free country, isn't it? Unfortunately, ignorance and intolerance also make their way into our military, and I believe in rather high numbers based on the typical personality of a person ready to voluntarily sign up for military service. As long as ignorance and blind intolerance are allowed to continue then so will hate crimes, even in the military.

    Posted by: BrianDj
  • I believe that ending don't ask don't tell would increase violence against gay people. Ending don't ask don't tell would cause more gay people to out about their lifestyle and so they would be an easier target for discrimination and violence.

    Ending don't ask don't tell would increase violent acts against homosexuals. The fact that they are allowed to be out and open about their lifestyle would make them more of a target. Also the increased public display of their lifestyle would serve to further infuriate those who seek to do violence to gay members of the military.

    Posted by: TasticBran
  • Ending "Don't Ask Don't Tell" would show recognition to homosexuality in the military, but shouldn't be expected for changing attitudes.

    Policies like "don't ask, don't tell" turn a blind eye to the underlying social issues. The attitude of many segments of society towards homosexuality would not be changed by a governmental repeal of this and similar policies. Laws singling out sexual orientation or other minorities for special protection do not treat all citizens equally and defy the equal rights of others by proxy.

    Posted by: E Olson

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