Gone far enough on gay rights
I’m writing in response to the June 26 front-page article “Loving without the lie: Gay couple looks forward to repeal of ‘don’t ask.’ ” I’m neither for nor against gay marriage; I’m truly sick and tired of hearing about it.
You don’t ever see a “straight rally.” They’re called “anti-gay rallies,” but you would never want to call a “gay and lesbian rally” an “anti-straight rally.” Gay-rights supporters and the media have been cramming this gay lifestyle at me for far too long. I just don’t care anymore.
Homosexuality is more mainstream than ever these days. Gays have the right to marry in some states, the right not to be discriminated against at a job, and the right to serve in military under certain guidelines. What more do they want? If a gay person’s state doesn’t acknowledge gay unions, then that person either can move or stay and deal with it. A lot of Americans are dealing with much bigger problems than a certain group’s civil rights.
Homosexuality has been the issue of heated debates for many years and will be for a long time. Bombarding troops and civilians with these personal stories about homosexuals and their partners is the most appalling news you can bring them — let alone on the front page. Most of the members of our armed forces don’t care to read about another troubled gay couple living in the shadows for fear of losing their jobs under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. I’m sure there are many of them.
Why would anyone want to be part of an organization that requires that person you to hide his or her sexuality? If gays truly just want to serve their country, which I commend them for doing, they have to abide by the military rules and regulations. They might not like the rules or agree with them, but militaries are judged on and rely on their discipline within the ranks to follow the rules — not bluntly disagree with them.
Camp Virginia, Kuwait