Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Cases like this only highlight the idiocy of our country's stance on gays in the military. For people who are so damned concerned about national security and the war on terror, you'd think there'd be room in the military for an Arab language specialist, gay or straight.
What's more, as highlighted by Copas' case, the policy is becoming a way for people to get revenge in the military. Copas says he was most likely outed by someone he slighted at some point.
The investigation into whether Copas was indeed gay included being asked whether he had ever participated in community theater. Because that's the number one sign of being gay, as opposed to having sex with other men. Sigh.
My favorite part is where the military investigators for Copas' case wrote, "[Copas] engaged in at least three homosexual relationships, and is dealing with at least two jealous lovers...". So what, straight people don't have jealous lovers? Straight people, especially men, don't sleep around? Oh and by the way, just what the fuck does that have to do with his duties as a soldier? Unless the two jealous lovers are Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, absolutely nothing.
Even if the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy is ridiculous, I don't see how their investigation of Copas is even legal under said policy. Clearly, the policy has two parts; one that military members won't disclose their sexuality to superior officers, and two, that superior officers or military officials won't ask anyone if they are a homosexual. An anonymous email is not enough to allow them to ignore this policy. I can send an email right now accusing George Bush of being gay. It doesn't make it true. Hell, Ann Coulter accused Bill Clinton and Al Gore of being gay, on national television no less, and nobody took it seriously.
I guess this is just another bit of crap we'll have to deal with until the rapture happens and the religious right thankfully departs or until gay people start standing up for themselves.
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