Human Rights Campaign
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Don't Ask, Don't Tell, More damaging to female soldiers?
In the aftermath of the U.S's failed military policy "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", Obama last night pledged to do away with the unfair practice as I blogged during the live event on CSPAN, all the dirt and secrets are begining to ooze out like an infected puss. We find that Women were dismissed from the military for being gay at a greater rate than men last year, according to new statistics obtained by a California research group.
All the services kicked out a disproportionate number of women under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, according to Department of Defense data obtained by the Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The center studies gender and sexuality in the military.
The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, implemented in 1994, bans troops who are openly gay from serving in the military.
In the Air Force, a majority of those removed were women, the first time a service has had such a record since the implementation of the controversial law in 1994, according to Palm Center senior research fellow Nathaniel Frank.
In fiscal year 2008, the Air Force dismissed 56 women and 34 men.
In addition, the Army removed more women under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy at a greater rate than men when compared with the ratio of women to men in each service.
Of those discharged under the policy, 36 percent were women, although women make up only 14 percent of troops in the Army, the data showed.
I love former president Bill Clinton, however, even before signing the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, which defined marriage in America as being between a man and a woman, he signed "Don't Ask..." into law in his first year as president! Oddly enough, Mr. Obama has pledged to repeal them both in the first year of his presidency...LOL. Are'nt they both democrats?
Let this be the hint coming from familyblendz that you haven't heard yet. The opposition to Mr. Obama for his gay rights agenda, and thank God for it, won't come from the what is believed to be the most obvious foes, the republicans, but instead this enemy is already "inside the encampment";democrats.