Some initial thoughts on yesterday’s DADT decision
Apparently yesterday a federal district court judge found DADT to be unconstitutional. I say apparently because I haven’t heard it mentioned on the news this morning, I found it through a post by Gabriel Malor over at Ace of Spades.
My first thought – This is a horrible ruling! Not because I disagree with the outcome. Obviously I don’t. It’s horrible because of the way the outcome was reached. This is such an obvious attempt by the Justice Department to avoid the legislative process that no opponent to DADT repeal will ever accept it as legitimate.
Second thought – This may make things worse, at least for awhile. DADT at least offered some protections. With it stricken they are gone.
Third thought – Most of the people I have heard complaining about this seem to be a bit on the ignorant side. They are projecting there attitudes and beliefs from 20 to 40 years ago onto troops of today or they are dependents of deployed service members worried about their husband showering with some gay guy.
There are some critics (XBradTC who comments here for example) who have legitimate concerns about unit cohesion and morale. I accept that although those same concerns were raised about integrating blacks in the military, and about allowing women in. The horrible predictions didn’t come to pass. Currently the US is the only NATO force that does not allow homosexuals to serve openly. The effectiveness of NATO troops are open to question but that didn’t derive from allowing gays to serve.
I don’t know if I will post more on this or not, I was building to a pretty epic rant about some of the stupid comments I had seen at Ace’s and a couple other places but I am just not that sure I want to go there.