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Resource ID: #17756
Subject: Military
Source: The Washington Monthly
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Date: March

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Reporter Andrew Webb looks into the military's "don't ask, don't tell policy", finding that many homosexuals in the military would not like it removed. "No one- no the gay activists, not Clinton or his aides- worked to find out if gay people in the military actually wanted what the would-be president and his gay backers wanted for them." Furthermore, "gay people in uniform are often reluctant to publicly acknowledge their sexuality. They fear repercussions ranging from discharge to physical violence, and many are extremely conflicted about their sexual orientation- especially those who didn't know or hadn't acknowledged it before entering the service." Ultimately, Webb says "this is a basic issue of human rights or morality. . . Getting rid of the ban on gays serving openly in the military is the morally correct thing to do. But the practical considerations must sometimes delay the pursuit of moral visions."

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