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The best correlation I can think of for the situation of homosexuals serving openly in the military is a book many Americans read as children, and probably read to their children: Dr. Seuss’ "Horton Hears A Who!": "A person’s a person, no matter how small." I must have missed the disclaimer at the end in super-fine print: "unless he or she is gay."

My favorite argument to read on homosexuality is that it is immoral, or, in the words of Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, "ill-advised repeal of a policy that has achieved a balance between a citizen’s desire to serve and acceptable conduct."

The last time I checked, morality varies across different people, religions and cultures. It is a slap in the face to this country to constantly relate religious morality to laws (lest we forget separation of church and state). I suppose we could just impose a law that any person who believes in God cannot serve openly either, because I feel that religion is immoral and unacceptable conduct.

As for all of my homosexual battle buddies, I’m rooting for you, and I’d rather fight beside an openly gay soldier who accepts people for whom they are than a heterosexual bigot.

Sgt. Daniel MillerJoint Security Site Muthana, Iraq


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