Using antiquated arguments such as "unit cohesion" and "service members sometimes have to work in close intimate quarters", John McCain pushed for the continuation of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy in the Senate Hearing this morning.
In his statement, McCain contradicted himself several times, sometimes praising those gays who are currently serving under DADT, while later arguing that their presence damages unit cohesion and would cause problems in a close quarter environment. It makes no sense -- it really doesn't. It is OK to serve, you just can't acknowledge who you are? If the arguments against serving openly were true, then they would also be true for those serving in silence but suspected of being gay.
There may be some that believe the term "homophobe" is too harsh to label McCain with just for his position on DADT, but if you really listen to what he is arguing for, the only way it makes sense is if you have a fear of homosexuals which is the definition of the term.
I'd really like to know what disruptions the military anticipate. I'm serious, what do they think is going to happen? Now they need time for more studies? This is just delaying tactics...
The repeal must be very simple and must not get caught up into endless pages of policy and regulations. It should simply state that gays can serve openly and that no discrimination against those serving openly will be tolerated. Leave it up to the officers to enforce this like they do any other discrimination problems.