Noah Baron, Staff Writer
According to recent news reports, the Supreme Court decided to refuse to grant cert to a case coming from the First Circuit in which the court upheld the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy as Constitutional.
Those who I’ve met who support the measure like to say that they “don’t want anyone talking about their private life at work” and that “private and work life should be separate”. Unfortunately, these people are operating under a flawed understand of both reality and the policy — and any accurate understanding of reality, combined with an accurate understanding of the policy and the Constitution, unperverted by ideological bias, should lead to the conclusion that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is unquestionably unconstitutional, for a variety of reasons.
First, allow me to debunk the notion that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is just about people keeping their private lives private. This is, of course, a ridiculous notion. Besides the fact that pretty much in any work situation, people are going to talk about and be asked about their personal lives (as someone who has held both full-time and part-time jobs, I can attest to this fact personally) — sometimes by their superiors. But this isn’t the extent of it. While many Americans might prefer for their co-workers to keep their private and public lives in totally different spheres, this becomes substantially harder when one lives at work; and this is exactly what American soldiers must do. Read the rest of this entry »