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By DeusExMacintosh

US President Barack Obama has signed a landmark law allowing gay people serving in the military to be open about their sexuality.

Mr Obama said the law meant that tens of thousands of Americans would no longer be asked to live a lie. He had campaigned to change the 1993 “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, overturned by Congress last week.

More than 13,000 service members have been dismissed under the policy, enacted in 1993 as a compromise.

Opponents argue that the change will damage troop morale at a time of war. But earlier this month, a Pentagon report said that allowing openly gay troops would have little impact on the cohesion of US forces fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The outgoing Senate and House of Representatives approved the new law last week, with moderate Republicans joining the Democratic majority.

BBC News

9 Comments

  1. Posted December 23, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    The Sacred Band of Thebes under Pelopidas whopped the Spartans, so beloved of the US mil.

    The justification for an elite fighting unit of male lovers is found in Plato’s Symposium.

    I wonder if there is a significant difference in knowledge of wars between greek cities, or indeed Plato, between the US pollies who voted for or against.

  2. Posted December 23, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Damn… In the spam bin i guess.
    See “Sacred Band of Thebes”.

  3. Posted December 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Sorry Dave, the spaminator ate you and I wasn’t quick enough off the mark. My bad.

  4. Posted December 23, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    The Spartans, Thebans and Romans would have all found worrying about whether soldiers fancied other soldiers just bizarre.

  5. Posted December 24, 2010 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    All those buff young men doing calisthenics… what’s not to like? =8-)

  6. Posted December 24, 2010 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    [email protected] : You are right, but the Sacred Band of Thebes is the first one that came to mind, because they qualified a couple at a time, not just as individuals. I don’t think the romans had such specific qualifications to be in any particular unit – but I’d readily defer to many of the other regulars on this.

  7. Davo
    Posted December 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Have a tendency to go “off topic” on occasion.

    Am a reader; just wanted to say “Cheers and Best Wishes” for whatever season we happen to be experiencing.

  8. Posted December 24, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    OK, sprung ..
    Am still wishing this site Cheers and Best wishes for whatever season one wants to celebrate. Is that illegal? .. heh.

  9. Posted December 25, 2010 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    [email protected] Oh yes, the Sacred Band are a great example.

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