I simply don't agree with the comparison of homosexuals to blacks.<quoted text>
AK, NorCal Native sums up my feelings quite nicely, but if I may elaborate.
The comparison to skin color is valid as there was a time when whites didn't want to serve along side blacks and this was SOP. It wasn't rational (sadly it is a feeling that persists in some/many individuals). Likewise there are those in the military that don't want to serve with homosexuals. These feelings are based upon irrational thoughts. One of the yammering idiots in here brings up rape. I can just see that one in an open barrack. I wouldn't think that the percentages would change in the service as compared to the general population. That means, depending upon what you believe, 2 to 10% of the military is gay. This ought to be a fairly constant rate all the way down to a single barrack. Soooo, 2% are going to launch an assault on 98% in an open barrack. I seriously have my doubts about any sort of assault going in that direction. OTOH, it isn't unreasonable to think that a gay man might get the shxt beat out of him under those same numbers.
All that said, it is a hurdle that needs jumping. Eventually we'll get there, but it'll probably involve a few bloody noses.
Part of the reason why DADT was repealed was due to a survey conducted in the military where it was found that a vast majority didn't give a damn about it.
While simply banning or segregating based on sexual orientation does walk a fine line, I do not find it irrational for a heterosexual or homosexuals to be uncomfortable with being housed together anymore than I find it irrational for that same feeling to be present among men and woman under the same conditions.
This issue is far more complex than simply screaming "bigot" or "homophobe."