Can Homophobic Soldiers Discharge If They Disagree With The DADT Repeal?

As we edge closer to Tuesday’s implementation of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal, Queerty is taking a look back at the some of the stories that have brought us to this point.

Haha. No.

Unnamed Marine Sergeant: “Sir, we joined the Marine Corps because the Marine Corps has a set of standards and values that is better than that of the civilian sector. And we have gone and changed those values and repealed the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy. “We have not given the Marines a chance to decide whether they wish to continue serving under that. Is there going to be an option for those Marines that no longer wish to serve due to the fact their moral values have not changed?”

Defense Secretary Robert Gates: “No, you’ll have to complete your enlistment just like everybody else. The reality is that you don’t all agree with each other on your politics, you don’t agree with each other on your religion, you don’t agree with each other on a lot of things, but you still serve together. And you work together. And you look out for each other. And that’s all that matters. You will still have to abide by the same rules of behavior, the same discipline, the same respect for each other that has been the case through all the history of the Marine Corps.”

– An exchange during Gates’ recent tour of Forward Operating Base Dwyer in Afghanistan

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  • Japhet

    Ugh that photo…

  • Kev C

    Moral values? Distracted by gay soldiers. It’s really pathetic how homophobes become obsessed with their irrational fear of gays to the point that they can’t function like men.

  • divkid

    that photo in noooo way undercuts the professionalism of gay soldiers… hmmm.

  • The crustybastard

    “But Secretary Gates, why can’t you fill my beloved Corps with people who precisely share my morals and values? Don’t you see that your failure to accommodate my delicate sensibilities makes me uncomfortable and scared?”

    Seriously, this asshole should be discharged just for being such a pathetic little pussy.

  • Alexa

    They do realize that there are gays outside the military, and that they’d probably have to work with a few if they did leave the Marines?

  • divkid

    this soldier’s attitude reveals a deep contempt for the society he’s actually supposed to be defending.

    it sounds like after all his time in afghanistan he’s gone native — many a taliban would endorse his “ethical” stance.

  • Shannon1981

    @divkid: Ethical indeed. Let them discharge. Good riddance. They’d just harass gay soldiers anyway, and, if their hatred runs deep enough, not defend them.

  • EdWoody

    They’re perfectly okay with killing other human beings, but ask them to do it alongside people who love the same sex, and oh no, that’s just too much to handle.

  • Aaron

    Such a wasted opportunity to use “discharge” as a double entendre.

  • Cam

    Can a racist soldier leave the service if they are made to share barracks with people of other races? No.

    Were soldiers allowed to leave when they allowed women on ships?


  • Josh

    Wow this guy is a whiney lil [email protected]#%h, maybe he needs to grow a pair, and man up if he’s gonna be in the marines. LMAO

  • Little Kiwi

    Dear America, Canada has allowed its LGBT citizens to serve openly in the military since 1992. The longer you drag your heels and complain and freak out about this the more you look like a bunch of wimpy-ass ninnies who’d be utterly useless in a war zone.

    i mean, how are you gonna survive the intensity of war if you freak out about peeing next to a dude who’s gay?

    COME ON.

  • Chad

    I used to be proud of my country. I used to be proud of our brave men and women who fought for our freedoms. But anymore is seems American freedom means one groups religious views is supposed to be forced down everyone’s throat. I am truely ashamed to be an american.

  • Cam

    @Chad: said..

    ” I am truely ashamed to be an american.”

    Why be ashamed NOW? Now when the policy is finally ending just because one bigoted little peon threw a tantrum? The larger picture is that the policy is ending.

  • Gay Veteran

    @Cam: I’m proud to be an American. I’m proud DADT will soon be over. No bigot will change my feelings for my country.. my ancestors helped build this country… I make contributions to this country. I’m proud of this country. I’m proud of those who fight to make this country a better place.(i.e. the good members of the military, good politicians, good public servants, good citizens, good activist, etc.) Why would you let the bigots win… they want you unhappy… they want you to feel as if “this isn’t your country… you don’t belong here.”

  • Trevor Bartlet

    The soldier needs to file a lawsuit.

  • Avenger

    I think it’s fair that they should be able to get discharged if they don’t want to fight alongside gay soldiers. If it’s gonna be that big an irritant to anyone, then they’ll be too distracted to do a good job.

  • Little Kiwi

    I wonder how much respect a soldier will command when they let people know that they left the military because they didnt’ want to serve alongside an openly-LGBT person.

    can you imagine?

    “this is our son, ryan. we’re so proud of him. he hates gays more than he loves America. he was totally prepared to be dropped into a combat zone to fight for this country but the truth is he’s still really scared about having to pee next to a dude that might have a boyfriend back in the USA.”

    literally. it’d be hilarious. “sorry America. I can’t serve you because i’m still scared of homos”

    let’s see one try to live down THAT reputation :D

  • Michael

    Omfg any heterosexual male who has a problem with a gay man or woman serving openly and honestly in the military just needs to grow up already.

    If it affects their morals then 1 they are not paying attention to what truly matters looking out for one another and protecting one another.2 Especially in the military discrimination has no place there you are called to protect and serve nothing else matters everything else is irrelevant.

    My father served in the Vietnam War alongside gay soldiers it never bothered him they gave as much as he did and fought as much as he did as well.

    Any heterosexual male who has an issue with this is literally not comfortable in their own skin and insecure.Apparently they question their masculinity which in turns means they have some underlying issues there they need to get a grip on and move on from period.

    If these people care more about a persons religious beliefs sexual orientation race creed nationality or anything else then their priorities are all screwed up and they do NOT belong nor should be serving this country period.

    When you fight for this country you fight for ALL Americans not just certain kinds .

    It’s Unamerican to seperate people and put them into a specific group anyways that IS discrimination.

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