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British Forces Marching in Manchester Gay Pride Parade

While the US military still maintains “don’t ask, don’t tell” policies and fires fluent Arabic linguists if they’re homosexual — during a time of war and sagging recruiting numbers — the British military is actively recruiting gay people for their military:

( This weekend, the British Army, Air Force and Navy will be marching in Manchester’s Gay Pride Parade in a bid to encourage gays and lesbians to enlist. A recruitment booth will be set up in the city’s gay neighborhood where the Army will tell prospective recruits about partner benefits and couple’s housing.

Lt. Col. Leanda Pitt, who commands recruiting efforts for the army in and around Manchester, said the parade was an opportunity to try and find new personnel.

“As far as the army is concerned, sexual orientation is a private matter and we are intending to promote the benefits a career in the army can bring,” Pitt said. “Over the three days we will be able to reach a large audience and also enjoy the atmosphere that the festival brings to the city.”

So while our Prudy Bluenoses get their panties in a wad over the idea that somehow homosexuals in the military will lower morale, destroy unit cohesion, distract from the mission, and creep out repressed privates who think the gays are looking at their privates in the showers, the British military repealed their ban on gay soldiers back in 2000 and for some reason, their military didn’t suddenly self-destruct.

Don Pardo, tell us what our homophobic intolerance has won us this round!

Under ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ more than 10,000 service members have been discharged over the last 10 years under the policy according to statistics from the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

A February report by the Government Accounting Office shows that don’t ask, don’t tell’ has cost taxpayers more than $200 million.

I served with more than a few gay soldiers and they were as patriotic and capable as any straight soldier, oftentimes moreso, as they worked twice as hard to overcome ingrained prejudices.

Cross-posted at Radical Writ

Now, what would a post about enlightened views toward homosexuality be without a visit to the denizens of Lower Freepertonia?

Actual Freeper Quotes™
They think this will help the recruiting: “Join the Army now and you get to spend the night in a fox hole with a fag.”

um… it is one thing to battle against the ‘gay agenda’, but another to prevent a group of citizens from serving their country. It hurts the country and it IS discriminatory. I’m totally supportive of allowing gays to serve in the military openly. [WTF?!? Is there an infection of intelligence in the Freeper elite?]

Radical homosexual activists should not join the armed forces because it is not a place to be with a leftist agenda.

If they think they are having trouble recruiting now, watch what will happen if they change this policy.

I hear the Iraqi military is having problems getting recruits. Why don’t they allow homosexuals!!!

I suppose the enemy artillery needs to shoot at something.

I say sign them up, put them on the front line or the first ones in. There’s no need for straight guys and gals to get killed and leave nothing back in the states but homosexuals.

If you have never been in the military, you do not know why the military is opposed to homosexuals. Imagine a row of toilets, no dividers. Makes it easy to pass the newspaper. Imagine a shower, 4 heads for 40 people. You are in a high tick area, like Ft. Chaffee, AR. You can not check parts of you body for ticks, your buddy has to. I could go on but you get the idea. Who wants to worry about your buddy “checking you out”? [I was in the military in a high-tick area (Ft. Dix, NJ) and my buddy (RIP, Skeeter, you died too young) found a tick on my ass. I could care less whether he thought my ass was disgusting or desirable… I just wanted the tick off my ass!]

The sodomites will develop a network within the military that will destroy the fighting effectiveness.

Anyone who supports Open fags in the military either hates the military, or knows nothing of the military. Which is it for you, Mr. Martin Luther Queen?

Right on, to base “rights” on deviant sexual behavior is lunacy in the first place. It is a perversion, a disorder, we don’t need soldiers with this sort of deviant behavior in the ranks OR in higher ranks as well.

There is so much more to being an American Soldier than just the ability to run, shoot and carry heavy things. How about the core Army Values ? – Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless service, Honor, Integrity, Personal courage. How many of these would you say apply to someone who will only join if they can be vocal about their sexual preferences? The Military isn’t saying they cannot be gay, they just need to have the courtesy to keep it to themselves.

People who want to be gay for political reasons, because of their victim mentality and who want to manipulate children are sick in my mind and have no place in the military.

I find it strange that people aquiess to having females in all of these roles, yet put their foot down on gays. A fit gay man is clearly more qualified to defend the country then a physically weak women. [Oh, how I’d love to introduce you to Drill Sergeant Johnson… she’d stomp your pathetic ass!]

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