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What’s your take on the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy for the military?

LocalTAlk_nedHI think it's long overdue that it should be abolished. It's just plain discriminatory, pure and simple. And like all things discriminatory, there’s just no place for it in our society.

Ned Hoey

Santa Cruz | Photographer



LocalTAlk_jeffLI believe in truth and honesty, but at the same time I don’t believe that that needs to be disclosed either. I think that a person’s personal sexual preference is a private matter that doesn't need to be shared with other people.

Jeff Larkey

Santa Cruz | Farmer




LocalTAlk_alCI think it's fine. It works better than what they had before. I thinks it's nobody's business, so don’t ask.

Al Courchesne

Brentwood | Farmer




LocalTAlk_brentEMy take is if you're qualified to do your job, it's not a problem. You can fight for your country, you can protect your fellow soldier, your fellow marine, it's fine.

Brent Edwards

Santa Cruz | Mortgage banker

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Good question, but difficult ramifications...
written by SarahD., May 29, 2010
Like all organization, rules and regulations abound. Churches have their own set, schools with theirs. Recently a baseball party was thrown by a Gays-only group. Sounds lovely right? Well, Lesbians sued for not being allowed in the group.

For our US military- there are several valid points to enforcing regulations on sexual preferences. What would happen if GLBTs joined openly? One very valid problem is housing. There is currently separation of men and women in sleeping quarters and shower rooms. Do we, for example, add gay men to the straight men's rooms? Or do we have separate quarters for GLBT? Or worse- eliminate all housing and group men and women and GLBT in one place for showering, toilets and sleeping. Yes, college kids find that wonderful where free condoms and the like are dolled out daily, but that doesn't seem to solve the problem either. The men and women serving must be guaranteed a least a bit of privacy, and sexual preferences and pursuits should not be on the forefront of their life while in service. Did you know their are rules for straight members as well? They cannot cheat on their spouse, or their are kicked out.

We must not rush to a solution without thinking of the ramifications that will occur.

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