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February 2nd, 2010
06:45 PM ET

Your Thoughts: Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The controversial "don't ask, don't tell" military policy actually started as a compromise.  In the early 1990s, President Clinton tried to get rid of the military's ban on gays and lesbians, but he was met with a great deal of disagreement from some members of Congress and the American people.  So "don't ask, don't tell" was eventually put in place, which allowed gays and lesbians to serve as long as they didn't openly discuss their orientation.

Now, President Obama feels they should be able to serve openly, so he wants the "don't ask, don't tell" policy repealed.  As you can imagine, people have some very strong feelings about this issue, and we'd like to hear what you have to say about it.

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    I think that there are times it's ok for them to openly discuss their orientation, but then there are also times when it should not.

    February 2, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  2. Donnie

    Being a fellow Army VET.You are opening a can you don't wanna OPEN!!
    You will be stomping on the privacy rights of hard working soldiers and there beliefs??This is a democracy...
    If i knew there were openly gay men serving beside me in the ARMY...You'd had one less DESERT STORM VET...I would've NEVER joined...I'm sure I'm not the only one i'm sure.

    February 2, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  3. Zachary

    I want to start out by saying I am not against any gay or lesbian people. I fell that anyone should be able to like whom ever they want. Same sex or Interracial marriage, they are all okay with me. But i feel like in the military men and woman should stand by the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy. I say this because I feel as if your brothers and sisters you are accompanied with will you serve will look at you differently and treat you different ways then the rest. Even though they shouldn't, I still believe others will.

    February 2, 2010 at 9:23 pm |
  4. Kenneth

    I personally strongly believe this policy should be kept. It doesn't make you hide who you really are because you don't have to tell. It protects the person and the military. The person will be treated differently if people know, possible by his/her commanders. It covers the military because if they don't know, they won't treat the person differently and they won't end up in a harrasment lawsuit. Besides, if you were a man who spent day after day in the same room as a gay person, wouldn't you yourself feel a little wierd. I think the Don't ask, Don't tell policy should remain in place.

    February 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  5. Veronica

    I think that it is shocking that the military would make it so people couldn't talk about what is going on at home and how they are feeling. I think that it is like holding back their freedom which is not what america is about. What if there was a gay or lesbian president would you not let them make any choices for our nation.

    February 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  6. Jessica

    I believe that the "Don't ask don't tell" policy is against homosexuals' rights as citizens. Not being able to discuss their orientation, can put emotional stress on them, and make them constantly worried about other discovering their orientation. Homosexuals should be able to talk about their orientation if they choose to do so, it is the least we could do since they are fighting for our freedom

    February 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Camille

    I believe that all people should be treated fairly. You shouldn't be singled out just because of what sex they are interested in. I think that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy helped to solve some controversy over the issue, but I also agree with Obama, because people should be able to serve their country freely.

    February 2, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
  8. Sammy

    The "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy isn't really such a big deal. What I'm saying is that you don't have to just go up to some soldier and say, "I'm a homosexual or lesbian." There is no reason for a soldier to ask and there is no reason for a gay soldier to tell. And it doesn't matter if someone is gay or not. We need warriors and we need heroes and that's all that counts.

    February 2, 2010 at 11:23 pm |
  9. Natalie

    I think it's terrible that DADT was ever even in place. There's no reason gay or lesbian soldiers should feel restricted by their own military. They can fight just as well, if not better than any straight soldier. We need to rid our country of such ridiculous policies.

    February 2, 2010 at 11:26 pm |
  10. Alaina

    MY thought about dont ask dont tell is that if u want to tell someone about your homosexuality you should because the partner your with might no want to be next to you and might not accept gays and lesbians

    February 3, 2010 at 12:07 am |
  11. jack

    Some soldiers can not stand the feeling that there are gay people in the military sleeping right next to them but on the same hand gays feel that just because they are gay they don't get to do what they have always wanted to do. Serve there country that is what I want to do i have no problem with the don't ask don't tell policy if you are gay you should be allowed to protect the thing you love.

    February 3, 2010 at 12:34 am |
  12. Alexis

    the don't ask ,don't tell policy has been around for a long time, and asking people gay or lesbian is kinda of personal to that person.Sooner or later that policy would be gone.

    February 3, 2010 at 1:22 am |
  13. Sarah

    I believe this policy should be left alone. I am not offended by nor do I "hate" gay and/or lesbians, but I feel things may be worse for them if this policy is dropped. I also believe that the military has more to be concerned about during these troubled times.

    February 3, 2010 at 5:07 am |
  14. Nicole

    "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" needs to be removed. I can't believe people support this policy at all. We ask people who serve to protect our Country, who put their lives on the line to hide/suppress who they are?! Isn't this America? No matter what you're beliefs are it's always good to view issues on both sides of whatever you're arguing. Picture yourself in that situation. Is it fair? It's time to correct a wrong.

    February 3, 2010 at 5:20 am |
  15. Brent

    Having served 8 years in the USMC I fully comprehend all the issues of having gays in the military. Obama having never served in the military has no comprehension of the impact that his decision to attempt to repeal the DADT policy. To him it just sounds like a good idea to his liberal friends. 13,000 people have been released from the military because of their sexual preference. If its currently a don't ask, don't tell policy then that means that 13,000 cases of misconduct have offended people enough for each to be reported. An interesting thought... Out of all the gays that have signed up what percentage is 13000? My guess is that its at least in the 90's...
    Unless you've served in the military a decision to repeal the DADT policy is based on pure ignorance.

    February 3, 2010 at 5:37 am |
  16. Matthew

    I feel Obama is just confusing us. People have lived with the saying "don't ask, don't tell" for a while. It will be natural habit to follow that rule. People should just do what they are comfortable with.

    February 3, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  17. Brooke

    I think Obama should not be passing this "don't ask, don't tell" policy because gay marriage is not the way real marriage was intended to be. I think that the policy should still be a compromise.

    February 3, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  18. Julie

    I think Obama should let us deicide for ourselves. We have freedom in America and that is the way it should be.

    February 3, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  19. Michael

    I think that This policy is like a discriminational problem, because the minority people, or homosexual person have to act like a majority people, heterosexual. They aren't allowed to tell to anyone that they are homosexual in the military, even if they want to tell somebody. According to the news, this problem affects fiscal problem,too. so it should be canceled, whether it is the time or not. But The most important thing is, we must go forword, economically, ethically, whatever, And not drift or stop.

    February 3, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  20. Mrs. Perez's class

    Everyone has equal rights and should express themselves and be treated the same as others. No matter what, they are serving our country and defending our nation.

    February 3, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  21. Cody

    For one I think that the million and whatever dollars to discharge gay guys is the bigest load of crap I've ever heard. The D.A.D.T policy states as long as you don't tell that your gay your not going to be asked don't act gay or give anyone the reason to suspect your gay and your not going to be asked. It's not what the U.S. needs to worry aboout anyhow.

    February 3, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  22. Brian

    True, it's no one's business to know your sexual orientation but at the same time, if you are ashamed/embarrassed of the lifestyle that you're living, shouldn't that speak for something?

    February 3, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  23. Natasha

    If it is a real "Don't ask, Don't tell" ,then discharge them for what? For telling honestly about their orientation? So don't ask if others don't want to tell and keep things like in the old times...

    February 3, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  24. Jessica

    I believe that soliders sholud be able to be the persin they want t be and not have to hide themselves because of a policy. I also believe that soilders that are gay should have the right to ask wether a fellow solider is gay or lesbian. Everone has the right to be who they want to be when they want to be it no matter where they are. You cant stop a gay man from being gay. There is no way to. It is not right to try and supress people like that. Just becasue someone does not live by the "norm" doesn't mean they can't serve they're country.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  25. Anonymous

    I believe that the idea that homosexual people pose any threat to the army is a joke. If they make you uncomfortable, I am sorry, but they should not. Just because they are gay does not mean that they are interested in you or that they will try to "come on" to you. Also, the idea that if open gays join the military, they would have to make separate baracks for them is prejudiced and disgusting.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  26. Clarice

    Whether one is gay or not is not the most important issue. As long as one has the right qualities to be a soldier, anyone should be able to join the military.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  27. Cody

    I think the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy should stay in place because some people don't feel comfertible around Gay's and Lesbians and if 24% of the military would leave if the policy was thrown away i would surely keep the policy we need our military right now

    February 3, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  28. Hannah

    I think "don't ask, don't tell" is just something that socially will happen anyway, even if there is no policy. Not only is sexual preference irrelevant to the military, it is a fact that prejudice exists and those who want to reveal their feelings may face this.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  29. Ethan

    It doesn't matter. If you want to fight, fight. It's a personal choice to be gay, just as if you were going to do something else that someone else might not like.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  30. Josh

    I think that everyone is blowing it out of proportion. When it comes right down to it, if you are dying in a war, you aren't going to care if someone is gay or not, you are going to want them to save you.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  31. Kyle

    I think it is okay for them to serve, but I think they should have different barracks. Some people may be uncomfortable with sharing their lifestyle.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  32. Brady

    No matter what happens, there is always going to be controversy over this issue.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  33. Justin

    I think that we should stick by the don't ask dont tell policy becuase people will treat others differently if they knew they were homosexual, and it should not matter if who you like you have a freedom to that. That is one of the many great things about this country, i think that we should leave the problem alone, in the middle of a war we need to not be playing with the size of our armies.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  34. greg

    i think that they schould be not in the army because they could get side tracked from helping their country do better in war against the other countries that we fight or we fought.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  35. John

    im not against gays its just that if 24% of the americans soldiers leave then that could cost us the war because think about it 24% is alot of soldiers.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  36. howard

    i think that it should keep that rule in play because it should not matter to ppl

    February 3, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  37. tre

    i think if you r gay that you should not tell any body because they can make fun of you

    February 3, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  38. Will

    I think they shouldn't open this discussion to anyone and go by the policy "Don't ask, don't tell". People who do open this discussion will most likely be looked at differently from all other soldiers.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  39. billy bob

    i think it doesn't matter if your gay or not your fighting for your country it should not matter

    February 3, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  40. Justin

    I think they should stick with the don't ask, don't tell because people will think diiferently about the people that are homosexual and also it said that 24% would leave if the don't ask don't tell policy was taken off.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  41. Kahlil

    Well, I don't think it's fair them. Gays and lesbians are regular people too. They should be treated equal like any other straight person. I Think they should serve and have thier feeling too without being bothered

    February 3, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  42. Justin

    Gays and Lesbians should be allowed in the army ,but shouldn't express their orientation.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  43. gabrielle

    I think the government should be more focused on the economy and less focused on the sexual preferance of homo sexuals. its not fair to them and its demeaning to those who choose to be homo sexual or bi sexual all around the country.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  44. Tyrin

    I think that gays and lesbians should not be able to join the military because it is not tyhe place to be. Only straight prople are suppose to join the military, it is a place of work.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  45. kelsea

    Well I think that the gays and lesbians should serve in the millitary because you cant make them change there mind so let them do what they want to do.I think that the millitary should put them in two sepret places so that way them wont be any destractions

    February 3, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  46. alexander

    i think that gays sould be allowed to serve but they should have rules that they have to follow and if they dont follow them they sould get penilized

    February 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  47. Ty

    I think the "Don't ask don't tell" program is just fine because well you are gay, straight or even bysexual it doesnt matter when it comes to serving your country. Any help is good help for any matter.

    February 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  48. Javion

    I think that they have a choice on if thy want to share. There sexuality with the people they want to sharwe it with.

    February 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  49. MYRA

    I THINK THAT IT WANT BE FAIR IF THE DIDNT LET LET GAYS BECAUSE THEY ARE HUMEN LIKE EVERY BODY ELSE

    February 3, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  50. Eduardo

    Everybody that is in the military are in for one purpose only and that is to make this world a better place. I feel that your orientation should not matter. They are serving their country and we should thank them all.

    February 3, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  51. Donjae

    To me this issue is very desmcirmist on a lower level, because how come some one cant express how there feeling, in this free country "America". I'm not against gays or lesbians, but I'm also not gay or a lesbin, so on thet note i think we should take policy out, because what if you join the military and the general said, wear a scarf all the time, becase your is red. It's just something to think about

    February 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  52. Gabriel

    I think the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy should not be repealed because our military members already have two wars to fight and we can't afford to lose any soldiers. If we do, the government will most likely be forced to start doing involuntary drafts which will lead to a weak military force. Historically, involuntary drafts cause conflict between governments and their people and we don't need any more conflict in our country, especially right now when we are battling economic issues and political divisiveness.

    February 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  53. Jasmine

    I think the whole situation is being blown out of proportion. I believe you should be able to be gay, lesbian or straight. Its a free country you are allowed to say what you please. I don't think the military has anything to do with aperson's decision to be whatever orientation they feel fits them. The whole "Don't Ask, Dont Tell" gesture should be looked over again because a lot of people might reconsider joining the military knowing that they can't be open with their oreintation.

    February 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  54. Devin

    It is really nobody's business if somebody is gay or straight. Gays and straights don't have separate locker rooms at school, and most people don't usually go around discussing their gender. Live and let live.

    February 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  55. David

    well i think that they shouldnt hide being gay but at the same time i think they should cuz people r to judgemental

    February 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  56. will

    I fell that anyone should be able to like whom ever they want. Same sex or Interracial marriage, they are all okay with me. But i feel like in the military men and woman should stand by the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy. I say this because I feel as if your brothers and sisters you are accompanied with will you serve will look at you differently and treat you different ways then the rest. Even though they shouldn't, I still believe others will.

    February 3, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  57. Erica

    I think its there decision to openly discuss their orientation, i think its the rite thing to do also shouldnt matter to what the other people think, they are serving the country just like the others .

    February 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  58. Justin

    "Don't ask, don't tell" policy should be repealed. Orientation should not play apart in the military. We as people should not treat people differently because of their orientation

    February 3, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  59. MYRA

    THE FIRST THING THAT I WUOLD LIKE TO KNOW IS IF PEOPLE HAVE PROPLEMS WITH GAYS AND LESBIENS CUZ THAT IS WRONG BUT THEY ARE JUST LIKE US OS I THINK THAT THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO WORK WHERE EVER THEY WANT TO

    February 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  60. Steve

    I think that just because you are gay (or straight) doen't mean you should be able to serve your country in the military.

    February 3, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  61. shanlen

    i think that we should let people be with who they choose to be with .who are we to get in the way of two persons feelings for each other?no matter what the gender!!!

    February 3, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  62. Janiia.

    I think you should still be able to serve in the military no matter what their sexual status is. If they are willing to serve this country, their personal likings shouldn't stop them from being loyal to the U.S. Let people live their lives!

    February 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  63. Corinne

    I don't think that they should be in the milatary.

    February 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  64. David

    I think th don't ask don't tell is a dumb policy. I

    February 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  65. Annabel

    i think they should not be able to be in the army because they will bother the other peoplevggtyty

    February 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  66. Joseph

    I think that gay or lesbian people should be able to serve the military. Also, we should be able to openly discuss their orientation because sometimes we can't help doing it and we have our own rights too. So, gays and lesbians should be able to serve the military.

    February 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  67. Ryan

    I dont think if you are gay (or lesbian) that you should be punished or made fun of because of it. Everybody has their personalities and differences. Some people's personalities are gay or lesbian. I think this is a bad idea and people should be able to serve their country no matter who you are and what your personality is!

    February 3, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  68. Glenn

    I believe gay or lesbian people can attended the military. I'm not against people like that, but it seems personal. Some people would feel creepy, so you should keep to the policy. You get to be what you want.

    February 3, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  69. Dylan

    I think that the "Don't ask don't tell"policy should be cancled because even if your gay (or straight ) doesn't mean you shouldn't have the right to not serv te military

    February 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  70. Summer

    I am not against gay and lesbian people. I think they should be able to state if they're lesbian or gay if they wish to do so. I know a lot of people are against it, but at least the person should have the right to tell someone if they wish to.

    February 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  71. Marco

    I think that they are taking this "gay" thing way too far. Wow so a person is gay they still deserve to have the right to defend our countrie

    February 3, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  72. Kayleigh

    Everyone has a right to the way they choose to live their life, if there is someone who is gay or a lesbian they should be able to serve on the army and not have to hide who they really are due to some policy. They are the ones who are putting there lifes on the line to serve for our country not the people at home who wanted the policy in the first place who arn't serving at all.

    February 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  73. Herbert

    I think that these people have a right to their privacy. The "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy is essential for a military unit to work effectively. They need to be able to do their mission with the least amount of distractions possible

    February 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm |
  74. Nick

    Honestly, I believe that the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy should stay because if it were to be repealed, then some of the straight soldiers might feel slightly more uncomfortable. I have nothing against gays or lesbians, it's just that it would cause trouble for just about everyone in the armed forces causing them to be off focus for the battles to come.

    February 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
  75. anel

    My opinion on Don't ask. Don't tell policy is its not fair because its nothing to be ashamed of and they should be able to share this with other people especially if their going to be in the army for a while!

    February 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  76. Jackson

    How many counters do we have to sit at? How many wars must we fight before we realize that everybody is not made to conform with the other? Don't ask Don't tell is segregation in a different form. Homosexuality is a preference, almost a religion, and we "straight people" should respect their choices. We have almost overcome all racism, do not put another problem in its place. Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell and respect that gays and lesbians don't share the same ideals as straight people. Do not judge a book by the cover, but don't burn the book because you don't understand the chapters.

    February 3, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
  77. anonymous

    this is not fair to people and its very cruel

    February 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  78. Allyshia

    I think that it should not matter if you are straight or not because if you are good at your job and doing it correctly then you are good. The milatiary looses a lot of people and money be kicking people out because they are not staight. That affects people in many ways and they have a right to join the millatairy just as much as anyone else. Noone shiuld be singaled out because of sexualty.

    February 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  79. kelly

    First of all i am not against gays and lesbians.like many people would say sometimes there are times they should openly discuss their orientation , but there are just not right times.i look back at this like if it were segregation because they're not letting people do what they want just for sertain things, which i think are wrong.

    February 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  80. Michael

    I think that the policy should stay because there are people who don't want to tell the milatary because they are afraid of being treated differently just because they are attracted to a different gender. I don't have any thing against gay people or lesbians but there might be people who are afraid to tell their secret(if it is).

    February 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  81. Carolina

    I think they should take it off because if it is causing tax payers more money then why should they pay for that? In my opinion I think its should be earased. I'm straight don't get that wrong but I think gays and lesbians should do whatever they want they are people with different believes and very different likes. So if they want to discuss that openly sure. Also in another article I read that there are parents that do not want there children exposed to that and that is another problem

    February 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  82. Meagan

    I think that, from the perspective that we need more soldiers for the war, that it is a good thing to bring up. Personally, myself, I feel that being "gay" is just a state of mind. Also, with the idea of separating the different sexuality preference groups, what about rules about sexual activity in the miilitary?

    February 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  83. M.N.

    The really sad part of this whole debate is that this is an issue at all. There should be no place in a fair/just country that would make it one (an issue). Protect our freedoms, sacrifice your life, give up being with family and friends, just don't be honest or open about whom you love. That is really sad.

    February 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  84. Jake

    I think they should let gays and lesbiens be in the army because. They can not help who they like or how the see other people.

    February 3, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  85. brienne

    i think people should have thier rights to choose who they want to be with no body else should decied that for them.

    February 3, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  86. Anonymous

    I think it is right for it to be repealed, we should be able to serve in the military openly regardless of if we are gay. The military is about defending our country, anyone can be part of it!

    February 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  87. wayne

    I think it should stay because some people don't want to be made fun of the people they like.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  88. Melanie

    People who are gay and who are lesbiens are normal people. They are a little different because of who they marry. I think they should be aloud to be open about it and get to keep their job!

    February 3, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  89. Joanna

    It should be repeled

    February 3, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  90. Jimmy

    I think the law can stay but I think the US has bigger problems. I don't they should build seperate barracks and should be treated like straight solders because it will save money.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  91. Abbey

    You don’t have to be straight in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight! I believe that regardless to if you are gay you should be able to serve in the military. The military is about defending our country, anyone can defend our country

    February 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  92. eliana

    i think that they are alowed to tell that because if they are proud of it they are alowed to tell. they still have the right to say what they want to

    February 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  93. Samantha

    I am a firm believer in allowing people to be who they are regardless of the situation. However, it is concerning to hear that some people consider sexual orientation to have an effect on military service. Yes, some people in our nation may feel uncomfortable in close quarters with a person who may be attracted to them, but it's the same as men and women serving together. A person's orientation does not make them any less capable to serve, obviously decided when the "don't ask, don't tell" was put into place. Dating isn't exactly a main concern in a military situation, so I don't think it deserves the attention being given.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  94. Barri

    i think they should let it out because that's who they are you can't change them.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  95. Treyvon

    I think that if someone likes someone and there gay or leabian and they can just be there friend or just dont like them so i think they should let them tell what they are.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  96. ashley

    they should keep it in because it will have an affect on there job.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  97. frankie

    I think they should be open to their original people and let them be their selfs like if it gets too serious than its shoul be shut down asap! I mean they should be open and not just wear som coustume thay should be open! I dont see why its a problem but people should just deal with it thats what they are! Also if your a lesbian they should be open and show their iner self

    February 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  98. gianna

    I think that gay and lesbians should beopen about it but other people in the millitary shouldn't judge them for what they are, but the gays and lesbians shouldn't take it to far like kiss and makeout .

    February 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  99. Marissa

    Idon't think people should tell if they are gay or lesbian because I don't think it's necassary to tell.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  100. Daviana

    i agree with president obama you should love who you want dont matter if your gay or not and they dont know how they grow up in dere house hold so thats how i feel

    February 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  101. marcus

    i dont think that people should care whos around them as long as they do their work, and set some bounderies then everything should be fine. if soldiers want to be gay or if the girls want to be lezbian then thats their life. we should stop worrying about small things that dont even matter and start worrying about things that are really effecting the world.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  102. keke

    i think it is ok for them to serve in the military. its not really a big deal. people take this like its life or death. if they are willing to serve in the military i think they should let them. it really doesnt matter if you like the same sex or not.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  103. McKenzie

    I think if the Gay and Lesbian people want to serve they can , but when it comes to like sleeping and showers and stuff like that then they dont need to come on to the same sex just be there to do what they signed up to do.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  104. kellyn

    well i think that it should not matter because,if they choose to be gay or lesbian they should be able to say that im gay or im lesbian. i mean i dont think it should matter to people if they are or if they are not straight. i mean to me i really dont care as long as your respectful to the ones that aren't. i mean it shouldnt matter who you like if you like some one you like them and you cant help that you attracted to them you just are. and also you should not care who they like because they are still people they are still jus like you. it should not matter at all. now about they military i think that the straight people might be unconfortable takin showers with them so they could seperat the gay and lesbians from the straight people but i dont think that it should be a big deal like people make it be.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  105. Josh

    I do not think that this law is fair, It's Discrimination just like racism which caused alot of trouble during the civil rights period. I think that soon there will be a period of time when gays are discriminated.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  106. Bianca

    I think that this policy will not only make non-homosexuals leave the army, but prevent them from joining also. Me for instance, I was thinking of joining to help with college funding in the future, but now I am quite unsure, if this is passed I am very sure that I will not enlist.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  107. Shemina

    I agree with the president obama.It dont matter who u love or like it does not matter if it is a gay or not. You should love and like them the why they are. People cant tell u who u should like or not it your body and u could do want you want. Well that is how i feel.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  108. Julian

    I agree with president Obama because some people might be gay or a lesbian that dont mean that they have to be ashame of being what they are. If they are homo-sexual thats there opinion, there life-style, and there choice. Also stright people can talk about there little privite things like there problems and issues with there so why cant gay and lesbian do the same. Bottom line is homo-sexual should be open about there orintation.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  109. kevin

    yes i strongly believe that they should enter the censor,reason being is because we need to know how many residents live in the united states today

    February 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  110. india

    I think people should be able to do wat they want its a free country. Gay and lesbians should have not have hide if they are okay with people judgeing them which they know thats going to happen anyways and there wrong for doing that people lyke u for whats on the inside not the out

    February 3, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  111. Olivia

    Being a lesbian myself, and wanting to join the Marine Corps, i believe that the law should be removed. Not all people are the same and it is a human right to like who you choose. Christianity plays a big role in the military and i respect that, yet people are going to have to deal with the fact that others are homosexual. Everything cant be the way you want it and people are not going to change for you no matter how badly you want them to. Even though people are going to treat homosexual soldiers differently anyway, it shouldnt be different within the military.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  112. carrie

    like everyone else i don"t wanna be hating on people's ways because everyone has the right to have thier own oppinion people are going to like people and that's the way it is there is no rule book that tell's you that you can't like someone of the same gender unless your looking in the bible

    February 3, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  113. Kelsey

    Personally,I think this is an issue because we're taking away the dreams of those who want to be in the military just because of their sexuality. We shouldn't judge somebody on what they look like or their sexualilty. That is their business and who is the government to just walk in and make a law that prohibits them from entering the military. People's sexuality is their business and we shouldn't just take something away from them that they want, like being in the military. This policy should be dulled because it's putting a halt and raising taxes for the people of the US. Also, I think that there are more important topical issues to talk about than those of people who's sexuality is out of the "norm."

    February 3, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  114. David

    I think there are appropriate times to talk about their choices of sexulaity,but I guess some people just dont want to hear about it at all.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  115. A'Shanti

    It really doesnt matter if you know or not because usually can tell a person's sexual orientation by the way they act. If you don't act a certain way then i guess you could keep it to yourself because people may start to act different toward you.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  116. donovan

    if you feel comfterbal on saying how u feel i think its should be open lets think about it we all live in the same world.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  117. Mykal

    I think they could take out the part wheres they do not allow gays or lesbians in the military because if they dont and then ask after training there not only wasting money but there wasting man power to , though they could leave the dont ask part in order to not intrude other peoples privacy

    February 3, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  118. Demonte

    I feel as long as the gays and lesbains dont attempt to adress the soliders in the wrong way then they are ok.

    February 3, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  119. Charlina

    I would say that no matter what a person's orientation is, however they feel the need to communicate they can do so. People should be able to discuss their orientation and not be judge because of the way they choose to be. Depending on how they carry themselves, if they do so in a positive manner, then there shouldn't be a problem.

    February 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  120. Sara

    The "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy is, in my opinion unconstitutional. Employers aren't allowed to discriminate against sexual orientaiton so why should our Military be able to. Then to even suggest putting gays and lesbians in separte barracks is completely over the line.

    February 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  121. MaryEllen

    This is segregation all over again. Why should gay and lesbian people be treated any different than straight people? People think we've come so far from those days when only whites had rights, but only African Americans were deemed rights. This is an ongoing problem, and should be discussed in congress.

    February 3, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  122. Alex

    I thought America is a land of opportunities, anyone can do anything,but this is not the case. they should be able to fight. We need all the troops we can get.

    February 3, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  123. Morgan

    This is exactly like segregation but the only difference is that most gays and lesbians aren't black. Segregation is wrong and thats all there is to it so this Don't ask Don't tell thing needs to be STOPPED!!

    February 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  124. Morgan

    I think President Obama is just a good speach maker but when it gets down to the nitty gritty he wont do half of what he promises to do.

    February 3, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  125. Louis

    Personally, I think that if gays and lesbians openly discuss their orientation and cause their fellow comrades to resign, then they have no right to be serving in the first place.

    February 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  126. Taylor

    The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy should be repealed and gays should not be allowed in the military at all. Not allowing gays in the military would save the cost of training them and then having to discharge them. Eventually gays in the military will cause severe problems with staunch opponents of homosexuality in the military and this could lead to breakdowns in the chain of command and in trust between soldiers.

    February 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  127. Guy

    I think that it doesn't if your gay or straight, black or white, we all should have equal rights. Plus, its costing us. Alot.

    February 3, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  128. Larry

    Don't ask Don't tell is completely 100% segregational
    . Bill Clinton was completely out of line when he got this bill passed. How could anyone be so insinsitive!?!?

    February 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  129. Mikey

    I want to first say that i am against the gay or lesbian people.I think anyone should be able to like who they want to,but not in a wrong or inappropriate way.Same sex or interracial marrage,they are mostly ok with me.Just not if they have the same gender and have sex because it is just plain wrong..I aslo think the military men and women should pay more attention to hat they should be following in the military not this.

    P.S. IT IS A FREE COUNTRY

    February 3, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  130. Tricia

    Why was it even put into place? I mean if gays and lesbians want to serve in the military let them. The more the merrier. They are no different than any other human being. We all bleed red blood. So what should it matter if they are gay, lesbian, transgender, weird, nerd, geek. They are all just labels put on by the society. Personally I think that gay and lesbians are just a new fade for people to "stand out." Plus if we need people in the military so bad then why not let people who want to join join, even if they like the same sex. But don't build other barracks for them. Really? It isn't like they are going to doing anything to anyone while their sleeping.

    February 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  131. Jordan

    I think the law should stay because we don't want our troops getting out of the war just because they are gay or lesbian.....whether or not you are gay or lesbian it's a choice of life and it's also a free country and people have the right to do want the want.

    February 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  132. jason

    i strongly dislike homosexuals but i don't think that any body should lose their jobs just because of their ways of wanting to be just because your gay dose not mean you cant work

    February 3, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  133. Jordan

    President Obama is making promises that he doesn't even keep half of them.

    February 3, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  134. steve

    leave it how it is keep the law
    because it can cause problems
    with the army and there for
    the united states.

    February 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  135. mathew

    I think that the government should wait until time is right to deal with the don't ask don't tell policy. It should just stand.

    February 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  136. aaron

    i think this "don't ask don't tell" thing is too much for america, we need all the soldiers we can get and all this is going to do is cause a big issue but i have nothing against people being able to fight in the war and being gay or lesbian

    February 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  137. Emma

    I definitely think the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy should be repealed. It's not to judge someone based on their orientation. Having a prejudice against gays is no better than racism.

    February 3, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  138. Bob

    The policy should NOT stay. Denying someone a military position because they are gay or lesbian is no better than denying someone that position because of the color of their skin. Isn't this supposed to be a FREE country, anyway? So, yes, the policy SHOULD be repealed.

    February 3, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  139. Kaitlin

    If they are fighting for our country already I am pretty sure they do not have time to deal with who you like. The acouny has bigger problems then to figure out who you like. So, would they rather care about if you are gay or the economy. Hopefully they will pick the economy. Also it's like if you are gay you wouldn't won't people telling you who you like but it dosen't matter to me.

    February 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  140. Emma

    This policy should be repealed. To have prejudice against someone because of their orientation is no better than racism.

    February 3, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  141. Briana

    i think that if it weren't a big matter, then obama wouldn't be adressing it. that being said though, he's also never been in the n=military. i thkn that if it saves money, then it's worth it. this country needs that extra money.

    February 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  142. Spencer

    The U.S. Government needs to uplift the "Don't ask, Don't tell". It is not fair to those people just because certain people don't agree with their thoughts.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  143. Leigh-ann

    First off I do not hate gay and lesbians people...I know many gay and lesbian people and they have told me many times never to think their way on living is right and natural. Its going against nature here. So with that said I believe "Don't ask, Don't tell" should remain in policy. First off if it was to be repealed the military would have to bulid more barracks and cater to these peolpes needs. Second if a guy was to serve openly then he would be in harms way. Life in the military is not easy and sadly many fights take place and having a open gay person he would than be targeted to be fought at. Third the don't put men in the same barracks as girls for a reason. Chemistry here!!!! So putting a guy who is attracted to his own sex is like mixing to chemicals that explode when mix together..again a lesson in chemistry. And lastly most people serving in the military are the backbone of amercia many came for small towns and believe their is a right and a wrong and personally I don't belive they will stand for it. A person can choose the way they live but their will ALWAYS be a right and a wrong!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  144. moises

    well if the different gender soldiers will bother the soldiers,i think they should take them out but if there not causing such a problem then i'm ok with them but seriosly why is it souch a big deal?

    February 3, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  145. Anonymous

    I think the "Don't ask, don't tell" is stupid!! It doesn't matter is you are homosexual and heterosexual.......We are all the same.......It saddens me that we are focusing in stupid stuff instead of making this country better........We need to stop being immature and grow upp!!!!! Try making this country peaceful again!!!!!!

    February 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  146. Melanie

    Don't ask don't tell is just plain stupid. How does it affect you if you're buddy is gay? I honestly don't get those people.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  147. moises

    well i also agree with briana so what if it saves money huh then i'm good

    February 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  148. Heather

    I think that the law shouldn't have even been passed in the first place. I mean if they are gay that is their choice and same with the military. If the soldiers can do their job the way it is supposed to be done then why should anyone care if they are homosexual?

    February 3, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  149. Anonymous

    If people aren't allowed to discriminate against sexual orientaiton our Military should not be able to either.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  150. Dieter

    Anyone that is over 18 and that wants to serve the military can because some homosexuals might be better as soldiers than straight soldiers and they can't be discriminated during war.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  151. Tyson

    If people aren't allowed to discriminate against sexual orientaiton our Military should not be able to either.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  152. Mitchell

    I think that in the 90's this policy was a good idea but times have changed and openly gay people should be allowed to serve their country.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:44 pm |
  153. Randee

    I don't think homosexuals should be prohibited from the U.S. Military because they are who they are and nothing can change that. Besides, they want to serve their country. The "Don't ask, don't tell" law is telling them they can't be themselves. I believe you should not be judged because of sexual orientation. I think it should be repealed, homosexuality is not a sickness and it can't be treated, being gay is the same as being straight you love who you love and that's it.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
  154. Malcolm

    I think the Military should keep the "Don't tell, don't ask" rule. Gay people don't have the right to be in the military. God didn't made peopel to love someone thats the same gender.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
  155. Andrew

    I don't think it should matter what they say, words are not going to help protect our country. Gays and lesbians should feel accepted for fighting for their country.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  156. Alexia

    I think this policy should be repealed. Someone's sexual orientation doesn't affect their ability to serve our country. I hope it will be repealed so that the government can focus on other more important issues.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
  157. Cody

    I think we should keep the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy because people in the military might be uncomfortable around Gay's and Lesbian's and 24% of the military would leave we really don't need that right now we need to focus more on the economy then the don't ask don't tell policy right now.

    February 3, 2010 at 7:59 pm |
  158. Aziz

    I thing that this policy is bogus. It is not the time to do Don't Ask and Don't Tell. So if you want my opinion then you should stick with fixing economy not putting Don't Ask and Don't Tell.

    February 3, 2010 at 8:01 pm |
  159. Anonymous

    i think they should get rid of it. gays are human just as much as you are.
    we have the right to do what normal people do. taking that away from some because they are different is stupid and or wrong.

    February 3, 2010 at 8:06 pm |
  160. Max

    When you go to school you know there are gays there, yet you don't care because they have the same goal as you, to learn. Same as in the military, you know that they are somewhere there yet they have the goal of helping there country same as you. So it shouldn't matter if he or she likes a diffrent sex then you.

    February 3, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
  161. Charlie

    I think it is unfair to do that we need more soldiers.

    February 3, 2010 at 8:16 pm |
  162. Carlton

    ...anything that helps the government save and/or get money is something that they should take advantage of. The government is under way to much ($11.4 trillion) to give up saving money.

    February 3, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  163. Daphne

    I still do not support gays and lesbians, but I do agree with Bob, when he says that this is a free country and people should be able to think what they want to, even if others don't agree.

    February 3, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  164. Anonymous

    I believe the act should be repealed.
    I think it's ridiculous that the military is refusing perfectly capable soldiers because of their sexuality. Being gay makes you no less of a person, and if having a homosexual individual stand beside you in a war makes you nervous, you obviously aren't secure enough in your own sexuality.

    February 3, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  165. Desheria

    The act should be repealed.
    I think it's ridiculous that the military is refusing perfectly capable soldiers because of their sexuality. Being gay makes you no less of a person, and if having a homosexual individual stand beside you in a war makes you nervous, you obviously aren't secure in your own sexuality.

    February 3, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
  166. cortney

    i think they that they should let in gays. you no why? well because people should fight for our country even if they are GAY!i am not gay myself but i also think the "dont ask dont tell" should be dropped because gays shouold be able to openly discuss if they are gay or not!!!!! the government should not be able to make people in the millatary not be able to openly discuss if they are gay or not!! but it is only my opinion and probaly half of americas

    February 3, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
  167. Carlee

    I think that at this time when the economy is so bad that we shouldn't worry about this problem. I think we should focus on jobs and getting our country back on track.

    February 3, 2010 at 8:36 pm |
  168. Jessie

    I think that people should have freedom of speech. Gays should be allowed in the military. All men were created equal. Gays are frequently not allowed to do many things, and in my opinion, that is just as bad as segregation of races. I think that gays should be allowed to discuss their homosexuality in the military, however gays shouldn't be kept seperate from the rest of the military.

    February 3, 2010 at 8:40 pm |
  169. Brooke

    So all of this is REALLY stupid in my opinion. What is the harm in homosexuals serving our country? It's segregation, and it needs to stop! There is no point in stopping homosexuals from serving in the Military. That's just like the café that wouldn't serve African-Americans. People need to get over their fears of people that are different then themselves and let the world be a happier place. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" NEEDS TO STOP!

    February 3, 2010 at 9:02 pm |
  170. Emily

    As much as I am against gays and lesbians, I think that to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy would be a good thing. Why? If we are allowed to speak openly about our religion we should also be free to openly speak about our other ways of life. I would be pretty upset if I weren't allowed to speak about my religion.

    February 3, 2010 at 9:05 pm |
  171. Layna

    I think the don't ask, don't tell policy should be repealed. Homosexual people are just like you and I, they just have different feelings about people. Bill Clinton was very prejuduce when he put this law in place. The United States is a free country. People should be allowed to make their own desicions and not be judged for them. They are going to fight for our country, but yet, they still aren't allowed to voice their opinons because they are homosexual. The don't ask, don't tell policy could be one of the reasons the U.S. economy is in such bad shape, since it is so expensive. The don't ask, don't tell policy is just like being racist; your still discriminating against people. Those people are protecting our lives too. Whether or not you are homosexual, you should be allowed to voice your opinons. Whatever happened to the freedom of speech?

    February 3, 2010 at 9:17 pm |
  172. Justine

    Gays and lesbians are U.S citizens too. Why should it matter their sexual preference? It should not matter if someone likes the same sex or not, they are in the military to protect the country, not to find a date. And all this talk or keeping gays and lesbians out of the military reminds me of the racial segregation our country suffered half a century ago. Shouldn't America be moving forward and not backward?

    February 3, 2010 at 9:20 pm |
  173. Allison

    I was not even a full year old when Clinton instated "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." I was twelve when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage. I was sixteen when prop 8 passed.

    As someone too young to recall the Stonewall Riots (or the Stones, or really anyone more culturally pertinent than, say, The Jonas Brothers), all of this could be fairly insignificant to me. I am, however, a gay American. There are states in which I can be fired for my orientation. There are states in which I can be denied a mortgage because I am attracted to my gender.

    How does America treat the gay community as a second class? To misconstrue Browning for a moment, "Let me count the ways."

    To serve in the military should be among the highest honors within our country. To be discharged from the military because despite my willingness to die for the country, I am not straight enough to do so is highly dishonorable.

    If my sexual orientation is a problem, it should be blatantly regarded as such. If a women does not want to shower within my proximity because I am gay, let her say so. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" does not solve the problem—it simply refuses to acknowledge it.

    February 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
  174. Tanan

    I say that we should keep the don't ask don't tell policy because it doesn't matter as long as you have the desire to serve your country.

    February 3, 2010 at 9:31 pm |
  175. cassidy

    I think the Don't ask, Don't tell military policy is dumb. Whats the differance of having a gay man in the military than a straight man? just because they like the same sex doesn't mean they should be excluded from doing what they want to do.

    February 3, 2010 at 9:32 pm |
  176. Hailey

    I agree with President Obama, yes...the policy should be repealed. I mean, If someone would like to fight for our country...let them! Let them do what they beleive in! I honestly don't care if you're Homosexual, Heterosexual, Black, White, Purple, or striped for that matter! I praise anyone who will stand up for what they beleive in and fight for it as well. Your sexual orientation should NOT be a problem if you're doing what you think is right. Although i do agree with President Obama, i do not agree with his priorities. I beleive he should set them straight...first he wants to help health care, then the economy, then education, then back to the economy, and now this. He needs to pick one priority and stick to it. There are more pressing subjects then the don't ask don't tell policy. Think about our economy...it's spiraling down and we want to talk about Homosexuals in the military....now DON'T get me wrong...i do agree that this is an issue...but it should not be a top of the list priority.

    February 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm |
  177. Lydia

    I have mixed feelings about the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. I think that homosexuals should not be treated differently because of their orientation, and the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy would help with that. If their homosexuality was made public knowledge throughout the military, then they would probably face discrimination. Treating homosexuals differently is just as bad as racial prejudice. It doesn't really matter how they look at other people; they are still serving our country and deserve to be treated as heroes.

    However, I think that the government shouldn't restrict their freedom of speech. Their orientation is their business, and if they choose to share it, then that is their decision alone.

    February 3, 2010 at 9:44 pm |
  178. Roy

    Gay men and women are just as human as the rest of us. They should be able to serve our country just like everyone else.

    February 3, 2010 at 9:49 pm |
  179. Jessica

    I think President Obama needs to focus on the real issues......Terrorist people........Not this lame policy which I think is dumb because it doesnt matter if you are bi, gay,or straight..... we are all people that deserves the right to be in the military if we want to....So the governments will need to focus in order to pass the crisis and the terrorist promlems

    February 3, 2010 at 9:58 pm |
  180. Carson

    Well, I think that it should't matter if the people fighting for our country are gay or lesbian. I mean after all, they are fighting for the people of the United States! So, should we loose soldiers because they are gay or lesbian, or keep them and be glad that they are fighting for our country?

    February 3, 2010 at 9:58 pm |
  181. Ashley

    I think that these military soldiers have the right to openly serve our country. Even if they are gay's or lesbian's. Everyone in the U.S is the same and should be treated as such. This policy should be repealed immediately. If 24% are gonna leave, let them. We could probably get more soldiers from the one's who left. Not letting people like this erve in the military is no better than racism. That's just my opinion.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  182. katlyn

    They should be able to speak openly although it could cause problems with the army.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  183. Maia

    I feel glad they have that law, i know people how may not be strait that get made fun of. Having don't ask don't tell law is a good thing!

    February 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  184. Robert

    I believe that the DADT policy is helpful to gays as well as hurtful. It is hurtful that they do have to hide part of their lives from their coworkers, therefore making them feel restricted. However it helps them, as less "tolerable" men will likely harass them as children would do. Heck the officers themselves question each man's sexuality coming in, and this may avoid something quite awkward.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  185. Shae-dee

    I personally think that it shouldnt matter if you are gay or straight but the fact that you are truely in the millitary or any force for a reason and the right reason for that, to serve our country. We shouldnt have to build different places for people to stay that is kind of like being segrated and we dont want that to happen. The rule should stay the same Dont ask Dont tell because people might start having probablems if they knew, which i still think it shouldn't matter but thats my oppion.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  186. Samantha

    The policy on the " Don't Ask Don't Tell" should stay because you should not openly tell about the way you are. This is in fact a free country and it is not helping America ,as changing racism but this is not about racism this is about your likening. Guys and Guys, Girls and Girls, this world should not be that way. It was made a certain way and should stay a certain way.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  187. TJ

    If President Obama really believes that homosexuals should be alowed to serve openly gay in the military, then why doesn't he exercise his powers as Comander in Chief of the army? He can give an executive order letting them serve, but he doesnt. Why is this you may ask? Because he is just playing politics, and thats how the story goes.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  188. Vendetta

    The policy deserves to be repealed. People have the right to speak their orientation. But to repeal it just to have some extra cash is... irresponible on the govenment's part. I'm sorry, but yeah.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  189. shea

    I think it is ridiculous that our country/army has a problem with gay/lesbian soldires. They are asking for 40,000 troops and theese people are willing to be one of those 40,000 and your going to say no because they are gay/lesbian...But its not my choice our country will do what they want.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  190. TJ

    If President Obama really believes that homosexuals should be alowed to serve openly gay in the military, then why doesn't he exercise his powers as Comander in Chief of the army? He can give an executive order letting them serve, but he doesnt. Why is this you may ask? We are on the brink of war if China invades Thailand, and China already outnumbers us 6 to 1 on soldiers. If homosexuals are allowed to serve openly, it is possible that some straight men will refuse to join.

    If you do not think this is the case then President Obmama is most likely just playing politics.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  191. Natalie

    I believe that the policy should stay. Telling your co workers whether your gay or straight may affect the way your co workers work with you. This law is especially inportant when it comes to the armed forces because it interfere with your job. It could also cause controversy between fellow soldiers that may not agree with your orientation. Overall it doesn't matter what orientation is; therfore, if the "Don't ask, Don't tell".

    February 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  192. Sarah

    Personally, I feel that the policy should be removed. I also don't think that the army should have to worry about building new barracks because homosexuals should be trusted to live in the same barracks as others. After all, there are probably some who are living in the barracks right now.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  193. teresa

    i think that the president obama should care more about the real issue's that are the helth care reformed and for other people without jobs and it dosen't care if other people are .....bi,gay,lesbian,straight because we all are humans and we all need a chance ......!

    February 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  194. lexi

    i think that obama should leave this alone. there are way more things to worry about, such as the thousands of people out of jobs. he should focus on the more important topics, and leave the less important topics for when our economy is rebuilt. he should really think about making some changes in his planning.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  195. Abby

    I don't think "don't ask don't tell" should be taken away. Homosexuals who enter the military aren't doing it to see other men, they're doing it because they love our country and want to fight for it. I feel the rule should stay in place, otherwise we may have a colossal amount of people leave the military and that's not what we need in a time like this.

    February 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  196. Crystal

    I think if someone says their gay in a war it might distract the other people and cause them to get hurt which could cause a dangurus situation.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:04 pm |
  197. Brett

    There were many in the army who protested when Truman desegregated the armed forces and allowed blacks to serve along whites. None of us would support that bigotry today, so why are we giving credence to those who discriminate against homosexuals?

    February 3, 2010 at 11:37 pm |
  198. Pt

    i dont think it matters either way if a person is gay or not
    its their choice to be gay. you don't need to treat them differently or spend money to segregate them from the other troops.
    if some of the military people desert if the gay troops act openly then they should have not become troops in the first place,
    you made a commitment and a decision to serve for the Nation so you should stand by her no matter what happens

    February 3, 2010 at 11:40 pm |
  199. Erin

    If we limit the army to "Straights only" then we would have less soldiers and to be honest we need all the help we can get. So we shouldn't deny gay people the right to serve our country.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:42 pm |
  200. Tanan

    I think that the "don't ask, don't tell" policy should stay because soldiers in the military deserve privacy.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:47 pm |
  201. Charlotte

    Well, if a person is homosexual or not, that's up to them. It's their private life. If they want to help with wars and other major issues, let them. They're people, too. I personally think the U.S. needs all the help it can get, so does it matter in the long run?

    February 3, 2010 at 11:52 pm |
  202. Michael

    In my opinion, I think that having the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the first place is taking away basic rights from the gay and lesbian soldiers, such as Free Speech.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:57 pm |
  203. Maria

    I don't think Don't Ask Don't Tell is a good idea, I believe that gay and lesbian troops should be treated the same as other troops and they should have the right to serve openly however I do not believe that the military should have a right to ask. In my opinion, Don't Ask Don't Tell is wasting tax payer dollars and should be abolished.

    February 3, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  204. Victoria

    Sexuality is a private matter and shouldn't be discriminated against in the military. Just because somebody is gay/lesbian doesn't mean they aren't still human and don't have the right to serve. They want to fight for our country, what's wrong with that?

    February 4, 2010 at 12:19 am |
  205. Bruce

    I think that the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" should stay because the gay/lesbian they have the right to serve our country just as much as the non gay/lesbian has.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:40 am |
  206. Kenneth

    Those brave men and women who wish to serve their country's military, should not have to do so while hiding who they truly are. The repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" could be a large step for gay/lesbian rights.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:58 am |
  207. Michael

    I think repealing this policy would be a smart idea! There are gays and lesbians willing to serve for our country, just like any other straight person would want to. I'm sure there are men and woman in the army that wouldn't agree to this, but i think it's something that should be put aside because this battle isn't about them and their beliefs against gays. It would also save us millions of dollars to take this policy out. On the other hand, the "Don't ask, Don't tell" doesn't make any homosexual keep their sexuality a secret and it also doesn't force them to be open about it. For the sake of our economy and the safety of our country, I hope this policy is repealed.

    February 4, 2010 at 2:45 am |
  208. Joshua

    I think that it is good to let anybody take part in the military. The "Don't tell, don't ask" policy is good because people should have the right to help there country. Everyone is the same. People should all have the same rights.

    February 4, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  209. Alexandra

    I think this is ridiculous too. I mean they are still people just like us they should beable to surve if they want to but the don't and, don't tell law is in the way. I strongly think we should get rid of it for good.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  210. Allyson

    I think that the rule Don't Ask Don't Tell is fair and not fair. It is fair because people shouldn't share that kind of stuff anyway. It is not fair because they might have been working hard to acomplish their stuff in the army. If they get kicked out that would be 1 more live saved and another risked, by another soldier having to come to Iraq.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  211. Rachel

    I think that it is unfiar that gays and lesbians can't fight for their country. It's the persons choice to like who they like. It isn't our business. They don't have to hide it if they don't want to. It is not fair to discrimenate someone for likeing who they like.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  212. Vada

    I believe that it shouldn't be kept because no matter your sexual orientation. We are all Americans no matter who we love and all Americans should have the chance to fight in the war and not have to hide if they are gay.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  213. cody

    I think that the homosexual community should be allowed to serve in the armed forces because they have been doing it for a very long time without telling anyone, and they have done just as good a job as any other man or woman serving this great country of ours.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  214. Kolten

    This should not be such a big issue. If people are gay then they are gay and, just like everyone else, they are free to do what they want and people should not bother them about it in any way.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  215. shane

    i think it would be a good think because if they don't ask or tell none of the troops will know. If they do send them as troops than they will be fighting for are country and not be messing around which nobody should worry about gays and lesbians being in the navy or any of the branches.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  216. Caleb

    It seems to me that if you did let them join, some of the basic issues of adding new barracks, and some troops leaving because the policy was dropped, just wouldn't outweigh the possible good things that might happen. Personally, If I were in the army, that just wouldn't make me feel safe, even on friendly soil or in perfectly good company. I see this as a moral issue.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  217. STACE

    This is a tough one, i believe that the don't ask don't tell concept is a good one in some cases. There are several positives and negative concepts. I believe that a negative point would be people are being treated differently; i think that the military should be based solely on protecting our country not discriminating against sexuality. i can see that if people become aware of someones sexuality and they are prejudice or judgmental than people with start becoming more concerned about other things rather than their sole purpose. I think with people being open with their sexuality new rules will have to be made to make things fair which may become a hassle for the next soldier. Some people may not feel comfortable being in different situations and dealing with a sexuality that they have never been around. A positive would be a more strong military, if people are more open with their sexuality then their main focus will be on the army, they will have nothing to hide. Pure awesome military that defends our rights and protects the people in our country is what we need to be worrying about, not sexuality. Come on America we have bigger problems lets live by Dr. kings dream to not be prejudice in any way and focus on what really matters.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  218. random

    the government needs to back off the gay community, they need to be foucing on iraq and all the troops their not if someone is homosexual or lesbian does it matter "No" doesnt it matter who is fixing our tanks or firing a weapon at an enemy if it does it shouldnt it shouldnt matter what their perfernence is as long they are doing for defending this country.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  219. Josh

    I don't like this plan because we need ALL of the soldiers to help us, we can't lose a single one if we are going to win in Iraq, I don't think anyone cares if someone is gay or not if that person can win the war.

    February 4, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  220. Leonardo

    One step forward to avoid sexual discrimination. We have been making progress in the civilian sector and now is the time for the military. Seems natural to me.

    February 4, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  221. Monica

    What is the problem with being gay/lesbian in the military? I don't see how that affects someones performance in any way by your sexual orientation. For some gay/lesbians, it may be difficult to hide who they are and they should be able to be themselves. They are fighting for our country as well and should be appreciated for who they are.

    February 4, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  222. Lacy

    Why does it matter if someone is gay/lesbian? They are willing to fight for their country aren't they? that should be enough.

    February 4, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  223. Austin

    I think that the current policy is fine. I think that for the sake of the gays/lesbians they should keep quiet about thier sexuality. They could get beat up or ridiculed for the fact that they are gay/lesbian.

    February 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  224. Cindy

    If gays and lesbians want to join the military, let 'em! We need all the help we can get out there, but seperating them into different housing units is a step too far. Just because they're gay doesn't mean they're interested in everyone they see. It would be like seperating blacks and whites. Does that sound fair to you?

    February 4, 2010 at 8:18 pm |
  225. Isabella

    I think that it should be banned. It is unfair to let homo sexsuals not be able to help their country.

    February 4, 2010 at 8:53 pm |
  226. Kira

    "Dont ask, Dont Tell" Is like saying you ask but we wont listen, and you want information, we wont tell you.

    February 4, 2010 at 9:03 pm |
  227. Timothy

    This should never have been a law and we wouldn't addressing this problem now. I think it should be banned, and it will cost less then most people think because man gays or already in the army and if they can take the heat now, being out in the open won't hurt, if your in the army, you can take anything.

    February 4, 2010 at 9:18 pm |
  228. Dillon

    i think that banning it should be reconsidered. while we do need all the help we can get in the field, and allowing them to stay in no matter their orientation, consider the amount of potentials and current military personnel that will abandon the job. furthermore, a combat zone is certainly not the place to advertise your sexual orientation. Personally, i have plans of being a field medic, and removing this policy actually would disturb me enough to make me reconsider joining the service. I'm sure that many others feel the same way, and while i have nothing against homosexuals, it just provides a peace of mind that when i join i won't be bothered by other soldiers about what sex orientation they have.

    February 4, 2010 at 9:54 pm |
  229. Rachael

    I think that the "Don't ask, Don't tell" is a good policy, but why should people have to be told that they can't join just because of which gender they like. As long as they don't come right out and say it or imply it then what's the big deal?

    February 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  230. Ellen

    I think that the policy should stay as it is. Maybe Obama should focus his attention on different issues then this one. It doesn't matter if it's a gay guy with a gun or a straight guy with a gun, who cares? So I'm saying the policy should stay in place as is.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:06 pm |
  231. Ryan

    I feel that "dont ask don't tell" should remain in place. Whether or not you personally believe in Gay or Lesbian rights, there are people out there who don't, and some of those people are in the military. Repealing this policy could cause more harm than good because the ones that chose to serve openly gay or lesbian will be discriminated against, causing a lack of unity in the squad or platoon, and a lack of unity or the feeling of serving with people who are like your family is a dangerous thing to have in a war zone.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:19 pm |
  232. elizabeth

    I think that if someone asks what type of person they are into, i think that if the person who is getting asked is comforatble with it then i think they should answer their question. But if they are not comfortable with telling the person then they should just walk away or say they are not going to answer it.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  233. Lauren

    I believe that people in the military should not hide the fact that they are gay. But if someone in the military finds out someone is gay, and they quit the military just for that reason, it is so unreasonable! You are fighting for your life, and others. Why stop fighting just because you don't want to be by someone who likes the same gender?

    February 5, 2010 at 12:23 am |
  234. Sarah

    The fact that we're even separating the gay/lesbian community into a different 'species' is wrong. If anyone wants to serve this country, we should let them. We're certainly in no shape to filter out our soldiers.

    February 5, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  235. Alix

    i think that people shouldn't be discouraged to be who they are, if somebody wants to risk their life to fight for their country than they should be able to, no matter who they love. because after all, there are no two more human things than fighting for what you believe in, and being able to love whomever you choose.

    February 5, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  236. mike

    i think its wrong and we should not have them in our military because thats the way its always been and it should stay that way

    February 5, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  237. Sheryl

    i think that even though people are gay and lesbian, it doesn't mean that they cant fight in the military! They should definetly be open to suggestions and telling people they are gay and what not! I am totally with Obama!!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  238. Brenna

    i think that if they talk about it in their sleeping quarters or with friends its ok but then they might be predigest people out there looking to bully them and to tease so if they make it aloud to talk about it in private but not let them be too open about it i think it's ok

    February 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  239. Jenna

    In my opinion, homosexuality is not okay. I don't care if people say that it's okay to have same sex relationships as long as you love that person. It's gross and does not fit the original design of marriage...

    February 5, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  240. Paige

    I think that anyone should be able to talk about their orientation whether the president likes it or not. What happened to it being a 'free country'?

    February 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  241. Savanah

    I dont think that gays should be allowed in the army because it is wrong. I think it would make the other guys and lady's serving in our country feel weird. I only have this opinion because my older brother is in the army and there were a few gay guys in his platoon and he said he felt very uncomfortable. Don't ask don't tell dosent work anyways because ussually people can tell if someone is gay. I think it should be banned all together even though people will still lie.

    February 5, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  242. Allison

    i think that gays should be allowed to be able to serve in the army because, they have a right to serve their country too. I don`t think it would cost us any money if they did let gays in the army, unless they made seperate housing for them. Theres nothing wrong with letting gays into the army as long as they want to serve our country. They should have the right to serve our country just like everyone else.

    February 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  243. ajh

    There are people out there who are against this law, and people who are for breaking it. I don't know what side i'm on, but i know that there should have never even been a law for this, and then there never would have been an issue of this nature. The people working for the military have rights. Everyone has rights. It doesn't matter what sex, skin tone, religion or gay/lesbian. They are protecting us, and that's all that matters at this point in time.

    February 5, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  244. Jennie

    I don't think that it's a big problem to let gays and lesbians serve for their country. All they want to do is help, and we aren't letting them. There isn't really a big problem with it because people are already serving with gays and lesbians now, they just might not be aware of it. If we would have never brought this deal up, we wouldn't be dealing with this problem now. There's no big deal with homo sexuals. They're just like everyone else in the world.

    February 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  245. Billy Bob

    I think that gays and lesbians have the right to tell people who they truly are. They shouldn't have to hide this huge fact about themselves.

    February 5, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  246. Andrew

    We should let gays and lesbians in because we need all the people we can get so we can get more help in Iraq then planned.

    February 5, 2010 at 8:41 pm |
  247. avery

    I'm not biast but i think it will violat the stright males and Females privacy when they have to worry about that insted of doing their job

    February 5, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  248. avery

    I know that everyone has there rights and we are not supposed to be biast and im not but i just think that the gays and lesbians will be looked at diffrent by the other soilders and that will distract them and it will cause more deaths and wounds in the battle and it will be kind of like appartite all over again

    February 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  249. kyle and Merideth

    We just want to know "why is it bad to have homosexuals in the military?" because we think that it can help the military with wars.(I.E Afgahnastan)right now we need al the help we can to help the problem.

    February 6, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  250. Brian

    As a Veteran of two wars, IMHO "Dont ask, don't tell" needs to be repealled. The same argument being made against repealling "Don't ask, don't tell is the same argument used against African-Americans from serving back in the 1940's. That says alot about the people making the argument.

    February 7, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  251. Mikayla

    Women weren't allowed in the military; that was repealed and now our nation is stronger for that.
    Blacks weren't allowed in the military; that was also repealed and now our nation is stronger for that.
    Homosexuals aren't allowed in the military if they are open about their sexual orientation. Let's let history repeat itself and have a stronger nation because of it.

    February 7, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  252. Priscila

    I think that it should remain the way it is. I think that people should keep to themselves their sexuality it is unnecessary to share those things. It is awkward to know those things.

    February 7, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  253. Mercedes

    I think that poeple should kow about things such as sexuality for the amry. For any thing else that is a question that anyone can ask that question. I dont think that it should be that big of a deal. It is makin people discharging because of them findding out that people are bisexual so i think it should be a question asked everytime

    February 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  254. christopher

    i dont think they should do that besause that is obamas problem.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  255. payton

    I say let them be for who they are. They may be gay, but right now we need all the help we can get.

    February 9, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  256. Anonymous

    Honestly, it's nobody's buisness if you are gay or lesbian. It's a very personal thing, and it is no one's buisness. We need all the help that we can get, and being gay or lesbian or straight should not be an issue.

    February 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
  257. Claire

    When people say homosexuals shouldn't be in the military, its like they're insalting God, because god is in all of us. I don't really think it matters because they are serving our country for us and we need as much help as we can get to win this war. Peole shouldn't kick them out of the military because they are helping us win our peace!

    February 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm |
  258. john

    I think Dont Ask, Dont Tell is a bad idea i think they should know if the they are gay so they know were to put them.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:39 pm |
  259. Joey

    honestly i think nothing wrong of being gay in the military. not all gay people are how they are stereotyped to be and there are some gays stronger physically and mentally than straight people.

    February 10, 2010 at 12:34 am |
  260. Christopher

    I'm not against gays or lesbians, but I do believe that there is a time and a place to discuss your sexual orientation (the modern battlefield not being one of them). Don't ask, Don't tell should be kept as a policy, one that protects national security.

    February 10, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  261. Jaxson

    To me I think it is racist. I hate racisim. Its just stupid

    February 10, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
  262. Sandra

    Honeslty, who would want to do this! Basically your saying you dont want homosexuals in the army. So your going to be stereotypical. What do they have against those type people. They are the same as everyone else. They can vote, have kids, and even support our country. I believe no matter what color, or what religion , or even sexual beliefs shouldnt be a problem. Isnt the U.S suppose to be free ? Well looking through my eyes , I feel like that is going out the window.

    February 11, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  263. Anonymous

    i think its racisim it doesnt matter if you are gay lesbain or homosexual all that matters is you are serving our contery

    February 11, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  264. Kaitlyn

    First I would like to say that I have nothing against gays or lesbians. I do not think that Don't Ask, Don't Tell should be taken away because it would just cost more government money. I mean, it would be nice to be able to express your sexuality but many current soldiers said that they would retire. It was also said that new buildings and training areas would be set up.

    February 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  265. Alexx

    Over the last year I have been part of an orginization called the Courage Campaign to finally put an end to "Dont Ask Dont Tell". The "Dont Ask Dont Tell" law is one of the-if not the-biggest, most rediculous laws ever released. Gays and lesbians should be able to openly serve. The law was created out of ones homophobia and now innocent victims are paying the price. There is nothing different about gays and lesbians from heterosexual people except for their sexuality (obviously). Its just as bad as the Jim Crow laws were to blacks. Now that people are more educated about various races they understand their no different from us other than skin color. People need to get educated on homosexuality... their no different other than their preference in intimate relashionships.

    February 11, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  266. kallie

    people should be able to say what they want wether theyre in the military or not its their right to say if there gay orlesbian or not. Its not right for people to for people to judge them by what they are i mean its your own right to tell if you want to and noboy shoould be able to stop them.

    February 11, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  267. lara

    here is a simple way to understand it...
    if you don't ask the won't tell so... SHUT UP ABOUT IT ALREADY
    do i believe in gays or lebians heck no but if they are willing to fight for our freedom leave em' alone

    February 11, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  268. Ravi

    People deserve the right to there own sexual orientation, so why would that affect how much they want to help our country? If they want to join the army, nothing should stop them. They are risking their lives for us and we should be proud of them! Being gay or lesbian is your own conscious choice. America is a land of diversity and in the army, we should acccept whoever wants to help out

    February 11, 2010 at 11:29 pm |
  269. Sade'

    I admire the fact president Obama wants to repeal the don't ask, don't tell policy. I myself want to join the air force and I am openly gay to an extent. I don't wear my orientation on my collar. I don't even really tell people until they get to know the real me. Because I feel that if strangers were to know my orientation it would completely distract them from getting to know who the real me is. So though I'm some what for the repeal, I'm also somewhat against it. I am nowhere ashamed of orientation but I also look at it as if the policy does get repealed, wouldn't that be a huge distraction. You're in the military to fight, to learn, to work, etc. Not to tell everyone you're gay. There's no need for it. I think the repeal whould just open up the gate for distraction and something bad to happen.

    February 14, 2010 at 8:33 pm |
  270. Oleson

    I think the “Don’t ask don’t tell” law is fine. People don’t know who is what orientation and we should keep it that way. If you want to fight for the country you should be able to fight and not be bothered or asked about anything like that. Even if they do get rid of it you still don’t have to talk about anything like that. I don’t think it’s right for gay people but they can still fight without being bothered. If it’s working fine right now then why remove it?

    February 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  271. Alyssa

    i think it is a good law. also we are free to do what we want to do and if it is a real problem like is if some one is trrying to kill some one.

    February 16, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  272. Katelynnn

    I think that they should have the option to talk freely about it. However, If they don't want to say anything they shoudnt have to other. Its nobodys business but their own. It should be up to them. Let them have their peace..

    February 16, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  273. Brianna

    I think that it really shouldn't matter what your preference is and it should be completely up to you if you want to tell people. Either way all the men and women are there for one purpose; to fight for our country. Preference shouldn't matter when there are so many other important things to worry about.

    February 16, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  274. Cesare

    I think that they should keep the rule because we can loose alot of people in the Military just because they dont want to work with a gay. As long as no one knows your choose of sexuality then things are all good but as soon as people know, they might not want to work with that person because their affraid.

    February 16, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  275. Basia

    Personally, I don't mind this whole thing. I mean people would treat them differently if they knew they were lgbt. I don't say it is right, but it is a sad fact. With this I feel it just avoids those kinds of problems.

    February 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  276. Anonymous

    I am going to start off by saying that i believe it is wrong to be gay, however that should not change our treatment of gays. Nobody is perfect, and it is just plain wrong to discrimnate people for anything! Every sinlge person in this world sins on a daily base wether you realize it or not. Gay people are human beings with feelings.

    I personally would like to know how most gay people in the military feel about the don't ask don't tell policy. I think it's probably a good idea just because it keeps that nasty can of beans and contraversy closed, however it will be opened someday.

    I do believe however that it is just plain wrong to tell someone who is gay that they can not tell anyone that they are gay. If they are punished for something like that is limiting freedom of speech wich makes me so mad! I know when I hear teachers makeing a big deal and writing up kids for saying something is gay (which by the way originally meant happy) and then hear teachers swear or use the Lords name in vain in the classroom I just go nuts! You can not limit freedom of speech! Especially on just one side!

    I believe the dont ask should be policy and the dont tell should be a Suggested policy!

    February 16, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  277. Grace

    Who cares, if a person has something that the US can us to help, let them. As long as nothing happens it doesn't matter.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm |
  278. Katrina

    I believe this policy is wrong. All citizens of any orientation or history should be able to serve their country...why does it matter if they are gay, lesbian, bi, or trans? If they want to serve their country they have that RIGHT. We still have rights in the US correct? Why would it be a big deal if they served anyway? Waht are they afraid of? Homosexuallity isn't a desease so that's not it...what could it be? Are we still prejudiced here? I think that that is the problem...why can't we all just open our minds? Remember the kid who was shot a few years ago because he was gay? Imagine that being your kid that the shooter hated....nobody is trying to hurt any one here so why must we have this policy? Does anyone have a good reason?

    February 19, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  279. Quinton

    If Martin Luther King Jr stopped us from mistreating dark skin people. Then why should we mistreat gays and lesbians. The don't ask don't tell rule needs to be removed.

    February 20, 2010 at 11:27 pm |
  280. Maddie

    I don't think that it matters if you're gay or not. But I think anyone should be allowed to be in the military because it'll make us stronger with them.

    February 22, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  281. Anthony

    Hey if gay people want to serve in the military they should be allowed to

    February 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  282. Emma

    I believe that this should be repealed because if the VETs would like to share there personal lives then they will. But if they don't then they won't. So I think that this is just a waste of money and it should be controlled by the VET himself and others should not worry about it.

    February 25, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  283. Seth

    I think that if we are going to allow homosexuals to serve in the military then they should not be able to tell anyone about their sexual orientation. It will just prevent problems. However that is just my not so humble opinion

    February 25, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  284. Kylie

    I believe they should be able to express theirself to someone but to someone that wont get uncomfurtable to talk about it... the policy should be overturned but the people out there that want to talk about it should make sure to talk about it to the right people...

    February 25, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  285. nobo

    good idea but why do you need it

    February 25, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  286. Maggie

    Whoever wants to go in the military should be allowed to let me just remind everyone this is a free country and that is descrimination

    February 25, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  287. Easton

    no offense but it is kind of disgusting. you would have to build extra cabins so they don't bother other people. it would cst way more money.

    February 27, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  288. Kylie

    This shouldn't be a problem aslong as the people you tell don't get uncomfurtable with hearing about it... Of course someone should be able to say what they want to say, what happened to freedom of speech?!

    February 27, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  289. Chelsea

    I think they should be able to fight no matter what their sexuality is, if they are willing to fight for their country then they should be allowed.

    February 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  290. Priscila

    It deffinetely should be kept a secret!!!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  291. Kayla

    I don't really see why it would matter what a person's sexual preference is when it comes to wanting to protect your country. When you are out on the frontlines, are you really going to care who is fighting next to you? I don't think so. Just because a person is gay, doesn't mean they are less qualified than someone who isn't. When you are out there with the enemy so close to you, probably they only thing going throught your mind will be wanting to save your brothers and sisters that you serve with and those of your country, not if they like you.

    February 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  292. Adam

    i belive it shouldent matter if the person seving is gay or not,if they want to risk their lives for the country let them to me it does not matter weather they are gay or straight.the people who do have problems with it shouldent join the army,military etc.

    March 1, 2010 at 9:22 pm |
  293. Maria

    I want to start out by saying I am not against any gay or lesbian people. I fell that anyone should be able to like whom ever they want. Same sex or Interracial marriage, they are all okay with me. But i feel like in the military men and woman should stand by the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy. I say this because I feel as if your brothers and sisters you are accompanied with will you serve will look at you differently and treat you different ways then the rest. Even though they shouldn't, I still believe others will.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm |
  294. Megan

    i think that everybody should be able dance they way they want to.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  295. Swankey

    It is a release of energe, its fun, loud and cool! of course they should let all take action.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  296. Rachel

    I belive the ask don't tell policy is a great idea. All Americans have the right to serve our country if they want to, bottom line. Being that your gay or anything else has nothing to do with you wanting to serve our country. Those who are set on serving all have that in common and thats what they are there for. The question of whether your gay or straight is irrelevant.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:57 pm |
  297. tom

    I think we should have a vote on the 2012 election ballot regarding dont ask dont tell lets let the american people decide, thats how democracy was intended to work, whatever happens with the vote thats the way it is,if gays are allowed to serve openly so be it,if not try again in 4yrs as america evolves support will become stronger and stronger.

    April 4, 2010 at 6:19 am |
  298. Angie

    I don't think it matters it's not our buissness just "don't ask" "don't tell"

    May 14, 2010 at 11:10 am |