Chicago Tribune columnist: Exceptions prove DADT rule ridiculous

Yesterday I blogged about Air Force Lt. Robin Chaurasiya who is openly lesbian but is being forced to stay in the military (she was recalled to active duty last year after leaving in 2007) because, her commanding officer says, she was violating “Don’t ask, don’t tell” by telling that she is gay, specifically to get out of the military.

Apparently, DADT has a clause that says if you tell so you can get out, you have to stay.

Sound kind of ridiculous? Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn agrees. He writes:

“The law says, ‘the presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts . . . create(s) an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.’

“Though sometimes, apparently, it doesn’t.

“The exceptions prove the rule is ridiculous.”

Read more of his take on Chaurasiya’s situation here.

—  admin