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MILITARY: Time’s come for gays to openly serve

Letter by Diana Parkison, Olympia on May 25, 2010 at 11:34 am | 22 Comments »
May 26, 2010 9:36 am

I spent more than 30 years in the U.S. Navy, both active and reserves, working with Joint Special Operations commands. The military indoctrinated me into believing that gays could not and should not serve in the U.S. military. Today, after looking at who is now being allowed to serve in the military, I believe that it is now time to drop the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

We have Army officers who refuse to fulfill their oath and go to a combat zone with their units. We have Army Rangers doing “takeover” bank robberies. We have convicted criminals given waivers to enlist. So what is wrong with gays serving in the military?

I know that I served with gays while in the Navy. At one time, I had a roommate that was gay. She didn’t bother me; she did her job, and I did mine.

We have people who want to serve, and they should be allowed to serve, whether they are gay or not.

Get over it; it is the 21st century.

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