Twenty-five Countries Allow Gays to Serve Openly in the Military

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


As the debate finally gets underway in the United State to repeal the viciously homophobic, Clinton-era military policy known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ I thought it was important to visit what countries allow openly gay and lesbian soldiers.

According to the Palm Center, a University of California, Santa Barbara-based think tank that studies various public policy issues:

Twenty-five countries allowed military service by openly gay people as of June 2009.

They are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Uruguay.

The point is, the United States would not be alone in allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military.

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14 Responses to Twenty-five Countries Allow Gays to Serve Openly in the Military

  1. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Like I’ve said on your blog for over a year, I served with gay guys in the Marines. They were jug heads like, did their job and served their country.

    These grandstanding GOP assholes like John McCain have their heads up their bung holes and don’t know what their talking about. Let the gays serve and stop trying to score political points with your damned bigotry.

  2. libhomo says:

    You can tell how much things have changed when the former dictatorship of Uruguay is now ahead of the US on lgbt and other human rights issues.

  3. Big Hank says:

    The UK and Israel? Interesting. You would think we would look to see how they handle the issue and follow their example.

    Repeal the ban. Just do it. Bill Clinton was wrong to sign it. Even he admits it now.

  4. Fran says:

    You know me, I wish nobody served in the military. Let the effing politicians who think war is a good idea go fight them.

    War! Huh yea- What is it good for?
    Absolutely NOTHING.

  5. Joe in Colorado says:

    Once DADT is repealed and gay people are allowed to serve their country, watch the U.S. parade around like we’re leading the world on equality when in fact, we’re will be 26th. I hope Bill Clinton is happy with the mess he left in his wake. None of this had to be like this if he displayed even a modicum of inner courage.

  6. Dmitris says:

    The ban is moronic and discriminatory. Get rid of it now so we can move on and join the civilized world.

  7. BuddhalovesPaine says:

    Fran,
    I agree with you. The US military is a continuing criminal enterprise.
    Curt

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  10. matt says:

    gays should not be allowed to serve in our military end of story

  11. scarlet says:

    all dadt is is the previous policy in place bill clinton buckled under pressure he was going to make an executive order and allow lgbt people to serve openly but instead signed this piece of shit

  12. William Edward says:

    As a christian I am REQUIRED to love everyone, so I will not let anyone define me by saying that I cannot love the person and reject the behavior. Do we really know what we are in for by repealling DADT for gay people? What is going to happen to the many people who are uncomfortable around people when this behavior is displayed? Is the DADT policy going to be applied to these people? What rights do they have when it comes to the 1st Amendment? By the way, people do not have a choice as to what race they are born into. We have control over our behavior.

  13. William Edward,

    You’re an idiot. Plain and simple.

    Gay people have been serving in the four branches of the military for decades and decades without any problem.

    As to “behavior,” what behavior are you referring to? Obviously, you have never been in the military.

    Your final remark may be the dumbest of all. The issue of nature versus nurture was settled long ago. Gay people are born — no one chooses to be gay or lesbian.

    Now in your case, you’ve obviously chosen stupidity over enlightenment and you justify your homophobia by hiding under the Bible.

  14. Violet says:

    gays have rights to my parents are gay so shut up before somebody shuts it for you this was passed and god damit im happy about it!

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