1. I am not about to turn down anyone's offer of going to war on my behalf, lest someone ask me to go my bloody self. If there are politicians in America who would never dream of signing themselves or their children up to the armed services, perhaps they wanna be less picky about who can go in their place.
2. Are the hard working men and women of the US army, who have undergone rigorous training, dangerous living conditions and only the basic amenities of life in order to serve their country, really going to have their moral dampened by knowing that somewhere in the army there might be a gay man or lesbian?
3. If I'd given all that to serve my country and I had politicians telling the world that I wasn't big enough to serve along side a homosexual without it freaking me out, I'd be offended.
4. If I already knew that gays were allowed to serve in the millitary, and that any one of my fellow troops might be a homosexual, I don't see why it would affect how I my moral to know which ones were and which ones weren't.
5. In response to the first commenter of the page: bollocks. You can't argue that it's in order to protect homosexuals in the army - the army should be doing that anyway. It's ridiculous to say that one of the best funded and most highly trained armed forces in the world couldn't possibly protect a soldier from abuse FROM THEIR FELLOW MEN. You can't argue that everyone is expected to leave thier sexual orientation at home, either. Where does this bizarre idea come from that openly gay men go around saying 'well, as a gay - did I tell you I was gay? I 'm gay' all the time? Yes, no one in the army should be making a point of their sexuality. But unless this serviceman can tell me that no one in his barracks mentions their wife or girlfriend back home, or has a photo of his wedding day, or has had a conversation over whether they fancy Jessica Alba or not, or whatever else is likely to come up when you live with people for that long, he can't say it's equal.
6. The concept of sexual privacy - also bollocks. To suggest that having a homosexual in your barracks violates your sexual privacy simply through being there is ludicrous, but also irrelevant as homosexuals ARE still allowed to serve - so heads up, there might just be someone fancying you anyway. Does that mean you have no sexual privacy to safeguard? Or is it only violated when someone makes a comment or and advance? Because you can still have rule against that. Professional conduct is not the same as staying closeted.
Also, I have a question: What happens to all the civil partners, life partners, co-parents etc of secretly gay servicemen and women if something happens to them when they're serving? Can they come out then and claim the support they're owed?