the fact is these people wouldent have so many problems if they did not create them themselves . I am hetero , but i dont run around getting in everybody's face screaming hay I am a breeder ! If your gay your gay, if your straight your straight why do you feel the need to tell me about it because I dont care and I wont tell you what my wife and I do because frankly it"s none of your business anyhow ! running around waving your "flag" is just fishing for problems and if you look hard enough for trouble sooner or later you'll find it . I say live your life as a person - not a label . As for dont ask dont tell I figure it is probably not a bad policy for the gay people for this reason- do you really want to be in a combat situation with someone who may be predudiced against gays or even a gay basher - who is armed - and have that person know you are gay ? Ever hear of friendly fire accidents ?
I dont have a problem with gays , but I live in south Texas in a small town and I can tell you there are a lot of red necks in this world who do . I'm not necessairily saying you should have to hide who you are , but you don't have to be up in everyones face about it either .
BUT YOU DO wave your straight flag, YOU ARE WAVING IT RIGHT NOW!
YOU WAVE IT IN THEIR FACES EVERYDAY when you exercise the rights that you and your wife enjoy as a straight couple that gay couples are LOOKED DOWN UPON for WANTING THEMSELVES. When you wear your WEDDING RING, when you HOLD YOUR WIFE'S HAND, or KISS HER in PUBLIC, when you are able to ENJOY THE VARIOUS FINANCIAL BENEFITS OF BEING MARRIED, or to be allowed to RAISE A CHILD, or VISIT YOUR LOVER in the HOSPITAL... god forbid.
BEING WHO YOU ARE is not "LOOKING FOR TROUBLE". You are introducing this concept that BEING GAY IS NOT ALRIGHT, and by SIMPLY BEING THAT THING, you are somehow inviting problems unto yourself. THIS IS ACTUALLY NOT TRUE. EVERYONE should be allowed to BE who they ARE without FEAR of REPERCUSSIONS, whether they be LEGAL, or VIOLENT.
THE LGBT COMMUNITY is not looking for trouble.
NAY! I say it is the SEXISTS and BIGOTS who make it their BUSINESS to TRAMPLE their RIGHTS, and COMMIT HORRID ACTS OF VIOLENCE UPON the LGBT's of the world who are LOOKING FOR TROUBLE.
As per your comments on DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL.
A SOLDIER who would TURN their weapons onto a FELLOW OFFICER over a matter of mere personal difference like this IS THE ONE WHO SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO SERVE.
A RACIST, A SEXIST or a BIGOT who serves in the armed forces, and allowed their PERSONAL FEELINGS to INTERFERE with their DUTY to SERVE THEIR COUNTRY, or to even COMMIT VIOLENCE UPON A FELLOW SOLDIER is guilty of TREASON, and is deserving of nothing less than a DISHONOURABLE DISCHARGE, and MANY, MANY YEARS of JAIL TIME, or quite possibly the DEATH SENTENCE, if they are indeed GUILTY of MURDERING a COMRADE in COLD BLOOD.
All of this aside, despite what our "LEADERS" would have us believe, there is STRONG SUPPORT for REPEALING DADT within the ranks. The fact that you would SUGGEST that our MILITARY would turn in on itself in such a way is DISGUSTING, and even a little DISTURBING, that this is the DIRECTION your MIND GOES IN.
I will take the high road however, and NOT CALL YOU AN IGNORANT REDNECK HICK, because this is an attitude that has probably been DRILLED INTO YOUR HEAD since an early age. SADLY, you are the mere PRODUCT OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT, it is not your fault that YOU ARE A BIGOT, well... YES IT IS, ACTUALLY.
You may believe yourself to be of a SUPERIOR MORAL STANDING because you can SMIRK at yourself in your SHELTERED LITTLE WORLD and say to us "I don't have a problem with gays", while at the SAME TIME exhibiting an OUTRAGEOUSLY PREJUDICED ATTITUDE TOWARDS THEM.
You have TWO CHOICES at this juncture, sir.
You can DO SOME READING, and GAIN KNOWLEDGE. You can GAIN SOME WORLD EXPERIENCE and possibly even MEET some real life LGBT folk, and GET TO KNOW THEM. See them as actual PEOPLE. Perhaps this way, you can GAIN SOME EMPATHY and UNDERSTANDING, not only of this group of people who are DIFFERENT from YOURSELF, but maybe of THE WORLD AT LARGE. You might LEARN A LOT and become a BETTER, SMARTER, and MORE COMPLETE PERSON in the process. Not only will you be ADMIRED for being a person who was able to transcend an AGE OLD PREJUDICE, but you will FEEL BETTER about yourself as well!
YOU CAN CONTINUE on this course of EMBITTERED ANIMOSITY, and SELF DECEPTION, convincing yourself that SINCE YOU ARE IN THE MAJORITY, these issues will NEVER AFFECT YOU, and thereby REFUSING to see the inevitable CHANGES ON THE HORIZON. In this instance, you will ultimately become a RELIC of a BYGONE ERA. Much like a HAGGARD OLD RACIST, a stubborn old fool who refuses to relinquish his DEATH GRIP on the DARK AGES. Pitied, and scorned.
THE CHOICE IS YOURS