Changing the Department of Defense's Policy on Homosexuals
MARINE CORPS COMBAT DEVELOPMENT COMMAND QUANTICO VA
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Throughout its existence, the United States military has viewed homosexuality as being incompatible with military service. The military identified sodomy as grounds for a dishonorable discharge under the Articles of War adopted in 1776, though it did not identify homosexuality as a status until 1942. During the Carter Administration, the no exception policy was adopted, officially banning homosexuals from military service. In 1992, Bill Clinton promised to change the policy and allow citizens to serve in the military, regardless of sexual orientation. His bill was designed to be a compromise while the policy did not explicitly ban homosexuals, it did not allow anyone who is openly gay to serve in the military. This policy has resulted in thousands being discharged and countless others being denied the opportunity to serve. The Department of Defenses current homosexual policy must be changed because it is out-of-step with the views of American citizens, U.S. laws, and changing military attitudes, and practices of U.S allies.
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