- Posted January 14, 2009 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
'Don't ask, don't tell'
Gay guy opposes gays in the military
Gays in the military? No thanks. I don't want to die for a country that views me as a second class citizen and denies me my civil rights. What rights do LGBT people not have? In most states, a person can be fired from their job or evicted from their apartment for being gay (or even perceived as being gay). I have been in a committed relationship for 8 years, yet if my partner ends up in the hospital unconscious, I would be nothing more than a stranger. We have to pay more taxes because we have to file individually.
I do not categorically oppose the repeal of
"don't ask, don't tell". Watch the video again if you missed that.
A recent CNN/Research corporation poll found that 79% of the
public support allowing gays in the military. However, 76% oppose
gay marriage and 43% oppose both gay marriage and civil unions._*Moreover, in 37 states it is legal to fire someone for being gay or
lesbian, and in 48 states it is legal to fire someone based on
gender identity or expression. We are also in danger of losing our
In light of these facts, why on earth would I want to go to
war for this country? What the above data indicate is that the vast
majority of the American public believes we should have the "right"
to serve in the military (or be drafted if it ever comes to that)
and get shot in the head, but they don't believe we should be
protected from getting fired from our jobs and evicted from our
homes. They think we are good enough to get shot in the head
defending this country (especially now with the military having
recruitment problems because of our occupation of a country that
was NEVER a threat to us), but we aren't good enough to be free
from discrimination in housing and employment. Nor are our
relationships important enough to allow us the right to visit our
partners in the hospital no matter how long we've been together,
and we are barred from receiving spousal health care benefits,
income tax breaks, inheritance rights...ad infinitum.
Allowing gays to serve in the military while denying us all
other rights enjoyed by heterosexuals is, in my view, the height of
hypocrisy. Ironically, if and when don't ask don't tell is
repealed, the ONLY way a gay or lesbian person can be assured of
equal treatment in terms of employment and housing would be to join
To those who would say "go to Iraq or Afghanistan and see how they'd treat you", you seem to be operating under the illusion that LGBT people have it better in the US than anywhere else in the world. You are wrong. Canada, most of Eurpoe, and South Africa are way ahead of the US.
Again, why would I want to fight and die for one of the few countries in the Western world that views me as a second class citizen? If and when DOMA is repealed and ENDA is passed, then maybe it would be worthwhile for LGBT people to die for this nation of homophobic bigots (see comments).