December 23rd, 2009
12:15 AM ET
9 months ago

'Don't ask, Don't tell' - don't call home?

Washington (CNN) – There's a constant fear that hangs over some service members deployed to a war zone - and it's not necessarily the threat from insurgents or roadside bombs.

One Marine serving in Afghanistan said suppressing the truth about his sexual orientation is gut-wrenching.

"I do worry a lot about being outed and kicked out," he said in an e-mail to CNN. "So far the military has been my livelihood and my source of work/income for the past six years. I don't want that all taken away from me and me being discharged anything but honorably."

The Marine requested anonymity because of the military's 1993 congressionally mandated "don't ask, don't tell" law prohibiting gay, lesbian and bisexual service members from coming out.

Being homosexual in the military was grounds for discharge before "don't ask, don't tell." The argument against gays in the military was that they would cause a breakdown of unit cohesion and morale.

Others argue that those concerns are unfounded, pointing to other U.S. allies such as Great Britain and Israel which have openly gay and lesbian members serving in the military.

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  1. Debbie

    When in a foxhole no one cares about your sexuality.

    Military needs to change and move into the 21st century. Or it could become:

    Don't ask, don't tell, don't serve!

    Why serve a country that denies you your civil rights?

    December 23, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. Buckle Down

    He needs to resign from the service. That simple. The CNNist mentality is that everyone should be able to do anything they wish, regardless of anything unless you oppose the CNNist/Democrat Party lifestyle.

    December 23, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    God said I am that I am . Judge not that you shall not be judged . The point is no matter what God makes the final decision on your way's .

    December 23, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |