When President Clinton agreed to the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy in 1993, I supported his decision. Not because I thought gays shouldn’t be able to serve in the military, mind you, but as a compromise with what remains an intractable American institution (the military). Mine was a “lesser of two evils/best they’re gonna do” support.
As the years have passed, my attitude has changed. It’s wrong to keep people out of the military because of their sexual orientation, and that should be the official, accepted policy. I think the reasons against are pretty lame, and verge on admitting that the US military machine is an inherently homophobic institution. (How else to explain the current situation?)
John McCain's recent comments about gays serving openly in the military being an "intolerable risk" to the morale and cohesion of the service are an example. And those comments got me thinking back to a notion I had some years ago.
Ardently anti-draft since at least my teenage years (and while there was not a lot of talk about it then as there is now, I would be required to register with Selective Service like anyone else of my age and gender), I once realized the benefit of being gay in regard to compulsory military service.
They won't take you. Yup, as long as open homosexuality is forbidden in the military, you'll never be drafted. So, overturning this admittedly discriminatory policy has a downside, too.
I'm probably too old to be drafted now (though things change, as needed), but if I weren't, I'd totally feign the gay thing to avoid going to war. Totally. Especially if it were such a senseless, hastily entered one like we're in now.
How to "gay up?" I do have a Depeche Mode CD around somewhere, and plenty of Elton John. That'd be a start, I guess. I'd probably have to get a consultant to round out the presentation, though. A kind of Queer Eye For The Conscientious Objector Guy.
But let's not let it come to that. You fellas lay off your foolish quest for "rights" and "equality;" you're ruining it for yourselves and for us faux-mosexuals out there. Remember, even now, with a war on and a troop shortage, America finds you more disgreeable than they do defeat.