The Obama administration is telling the Pentagon and gay-rights advocates that it will have to study the implications for national security and enlist more support in Congress before trying to overturn the so-called "don't ask, don't tell" law and allow gays to serve openly in the military, according to people involved in the discussions.
What possible implications could this have for national security? I believe the answer is very simple, and right before our eyes in today's military.
The question is not whether or not gays serving in the military could restrain their passions for their fellow soldiers. The question has to do with the morale of the unit where individuals serving closely together would believe that they are exposed (and I do mean exposed) to individuals who are sexually attracted to them.
If you truly believe that it would make no difference to a soldier that he or she might have to, say, shower or room with someone who is sexually attracted to them (when they are not attracted in return), then try this thought experiment: How do you think the women serving in the Armed Forces would feel about being required to share a shower and room with male soldiers?
Yes, you're exactly right. They would reject the idea, and well they should. Whether or not the men would leer at them or accost them, the women's morale would be subject to the assumption that it was / could happen.
And, by the way, is not just the women. Men, faced with the fantasy of coed showers, would be thrilled; faced with the reality, most of them would be just as uncomfortable as I believe the women would be.