Today was a great victory in our country: Don't Ask, Don't Tell, a military policy barring homosexuals from serving in the military openly, was repealed at 12:01 a.m.
For years, I've thought this was a horrible law, drenched in equality and stupidity. I don't speak for The Catholic Church, which save for a few outspoken priests and bishops, has been silent on the issue. Well, not EXACTLY silent: the Cathecism of TCC states that homosexuals, while their behavior not condoned, must be, "accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided."
I believe that not being allowed to serve in the military is one of those injustices. Why not allow gays to serve in the military? Because of their lifestyle? Last time I checked, sex outside of marriage was frowned upon by our Church, regardless of the person's lifestyle: if you're going to kick out every heterosexual that has sex outside of marriage, we're going to be left with a really shoddy military.
So it's ok for straight people who break God's commandments to serve in the military, but homosexuals who do the same can't? Give me a break.
And spare me the whole, "Morale will suffer if you allow gays to serve openly." I believe that argument could have been made centuries ago when it came to non-whites or women serving in the military. It's not fair that people like Jonathan Lewis, who was going to be promoted to Major one year early, get the boot strictly because of a lifestyle choice. It's not as if Lewis was on his way out the door: getting a promotion to Major cleary showed that the military had faith in a guy who led three combat missions.
Just like thousands of others, he got flushed down the toilet.
If you want to defend me and my right to worship freely, vote freely, and live freely, I do not care what your sexual orientation is. I'm too busy being grateful for your sacrifice to spend time worrying about your lifestyle, something that isn't my business.
To all of our soldiers, gay and straight, I thank you so much for your service to our country. God bless you!