Don't ask, don't tell policy has yet to make sense to me. If a person makes a decision to join the armed forces, why should their sexuality matter? They are tested for mental,physical and educational abilities when they enter the military. Why are they denied the right to remain in service if their sexual orientation is revealed? I'm quite sure that the enemies have not thrown down their weapons when they noticed a homosexual or lesbian on the front lines.
A person brave enough to fight when there is no guarantee that you will come home at all should receive the deepest respect. Running interference through a dead gay soldier's funeral procession is very childish and disrespectful. He or she may have saved your child's life by risking theirs. Who's cares who they go home to? Instead of banning them from war,why not figure out how to stop the war?
Here's little history lesson for you, when the Mayflower landed on Plymouth rock, this ship was not full of the people you think were on there. England cast out all of the prostitutes,thieves,sick,disfigured and mentally challenged and,yes,homosexuals. They banished were to the Americas as a punishment for not conforming to their way of life. These are the basis of America's culture not the squeaky clean George Washington or John Hancock. They had some skeletons too but none have been noted. If you can trace your bloodline back to the colonies,you come from lying,ugly,slow hookers who later graduated from Cambridge.
It seems very crazy to elect openly gay government officials who use that to make a difference but deny a privately gay person admission to the military. If those rights have to be stripped, then let's be fair. For all people who are different, the following will apply.