jio wrote: jonasmileynlt wrote:
jio wrote:Good for the US... my question is why would anyone straight or gay wanna serve in the military anyway?
A combination of things. In the U.S., serving in the military comes with many benefits.. free healthcare, untaxed retail items, free travel on military planes when available, recreation for families, etc.
Also, serving provides job security. You can't be "laid off" from the military once you're in.
Last but not least, serving in the U.S. military allows prestige and offers a chance for people to expand their boundaries. People who have been living in one town their whole lives suddenly have the opportunity to move to places all around the world. The military gives people the chance to serve our country and feel selfless. They train very hard and sacrifice unimaginably and are therefore well respected.
Among with all those things, it also gives you a good chance of dying, becoming paralyzed or ending with post-traumatic psychosomatic disorder for no reason at all. I am all for equality for gays and minorities, but seriously this is something they'd be much better off without.
For many people, the benefits of joining the military outweigh the negative aspects.
In the U.S. culture (and I'm sure in most countries around the world), serving in the military is a sort of heroic duty. Honor and sacrifice run deep and people who serve feel like they are doing something bigger than themselves in the name of their families and their country.
Quite possibly, gays would be better off without having the opportunity to serve the military, however it is the psychology behind it that makes it unfair.
If a homosexual wants to serve in the U.S. military, he or she should have the opportunity to do so. How terrible would it be to block someone from doing something other people can do just because of their sexual orientation? Equality means equality for all and blindness towards race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc.