In January of this year, Eric Fanning testified before the U. Senate Armed Services Committee on his nomination to be the next secretary of the Army. The line of questioning from lawmakers was standard for hearings with military officials these days.
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Don't Ask, Don't Tell — the US military's year ban on openly gay and lesbian service personnel — has officially been repealed, ushering in a new era for the country's armed forces. In a statement President Barack Obama welcomed the end of a policy that he said had forced gay and lesbian members to "lie about who they are". The repeal, which took effect from midnight on Tuesday, was celebrated as "momentous news" by gay lobby groups across the US, who have long fought against the policy, and among the military's estimated 65, serving gay and lesbian servicemen and women.
What is it like to be a same-sex couple in the military? Is it any different than being married to someone of the opposite sex? No, not really. But there are some things that I've noticed during my time as an openly gay Marine Corps spouse and veteran.
The sergeant and I stared at each other for a moment as the office door shut. Only seconds earlier, we both stood silent, hands clasped behind our backs respectfully, as a noncommissioned officer stood inches from my face and threatened to end my career. As we left the office, the sergeant searched for something consolatory to say.
I think there were seven witnesses, but I remember only four distinct faces. Inside the courtroom, there were high ceilings, brass fixtures, pews for spectators, flags, and wooden jury benches that rose up like stadium seating. Men in dress uniform stood as sentinels at every exit and by every important figure present.
Homosexuality in the militaries of ancient Greece was regarded as contributing to morale. Some Greek philosophers wrote on the subject of homosexuality in the military. In Plato 's Symposiumthe interlocutor Phaedrus commented on the power of male sexual relationships to improve bravery in the military: .
Throughout its history, the US Military had an inconsistent policy when it came to gay people in the military. During World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, the military defined homosexuality as a mental defect and officially barred homosexuals from serving based on medical criteria. However, when personnel needs increased due to combat, the military developed a habit of relaxing its screening criteria.
Nonheterosexual men are just as likely to have served in the US military as heterosexual men. Credit: Shutterstock. What percentage of people in the U.