An interesting article in the Army Times states that a group within the Army claims that there are 500 Openly gay soldiers. In fact, Sgt. Darren Manzella actually went on 60 Minutes and announced his sexual preference (for men). And then they showed video of him kissing (on the mouth) his former boyfriend. And no disciplinary action has been taken to this point.
Since 1993, when President Clinton signed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” into law 12,000 service personnel have been kicked out of the military. Curiously, the peak of gay-related dismissals was 2001. Weird, that when we most needed our armed forces that a little thing like owning Barbara Streisand CDs wasn’t as important.
Evidently, the Army investigated Manzella’s video and found ‘no evidence of homosexuality.’ We thought the same thing after watching Tila Tequila’s show. Is this thing on? Any way, at one point claiming to be gay was the best way out of the military. It was the best way to get an early honorable discharge. It was the 90’s equivalent of your mom shooting you in the foot. It had a much better chance of earning an honorable discharge than “pissing hot,” or failing a urine test for drugs. And it looks like there needs to be more evidence than someone saying that their gay or video of them doing gay stuff. We’re guessing that it would take at least a tattoo of David Beckham covering your entire back.
Whatever the case, it looks like (if this is all true) that some short-handed commanders are adding “Don’t listen” to the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. It will be a good day when the majority of our troops are out of harms way and this policy can be reviewed.