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.