An Elephant Named Morality

Armed Forces Journal, pp. 34-37, September 2010

4 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2010

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David A. Levy

U.S. Air Force Academy - Department of Management

James E. Parco

Colorado College

Date Written: September 3, 2010

Abstract

Arguments over the don't ask, don't tell policy (10 USC 654) which bans homosexuals from service in the United States military often ignore the most fundamental issue: morality. The argument is straightforward: (1) Sexual misconduct is a matter of choice; (2) acts of sexual misconduct are immoral; (3) those who commit immoral acts are themselves, immoral; and, (4) immoral individuals aren't fit for military service. Military leaders can no longer ignore the moral argument – the elephant in the room – when debating the merits of adopting new policies governing the rights of gay and lesbian military members to serve.

Keywords: DADT, gay, lesbian, military, policy, sexual orientation, diversity, attitudes

JEL Classification: J11, J12, J18

Suggested Citation

Levy, David A. and Parco, Jim, An Elephant Named Morality (September 3, 2010). Armed Forces Journal, pp. 34-37, September 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1671739

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Jim Parco (Contact Author)

Colorado College ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/dept/EC/parco.asp

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