Ok so it looks like the old "don't ask don't tell" policy which allowed homosexuals to serve in the military as long as they kept their sexuality a secret may be replaced with allowing homosexuals to serve full stop.
This has caused a deal of outrage in certain parts of the political spectrum.
it's estimated that currently there are 65,000 homosexuals actively serving their country with about 1 million homosexual veterans. Since 2005, more than 800 personnel have been discharged from “critical fields” ...... jobs considered essential but difficult in terms of training or retraining, such as linguists, medical personnel and combat engineers not because they failed to do their job, but solely because it was discovered they were homosexuals.
24 nations already allow homosexuals to serve, 12 of which are involved in "operation freedom", all without their military suffering any negative impact on morale, cohesion, readiness or recruitment.
So if it works for other countries why not the US military which is claimed to be the finest. Is it so weak that knowing someone serving is a homosexual will bring it down? I mean they have been allowed to serve and have done so honorably since 1993. Even Hannity called a soldier a great American, thanked him for his service and said semper fi (not that hannity has served, let alone as a marine). I wonder if he would have done so if he knew that soldier used to be a gay porn star?
Isn't this more about bigotry than what is best for the military?