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Clinton and Gays in the Military

I am shocked to hear apparently intelligent individuals rationalize how women and homosexuals are unfit to serve in the military - that they would impair military preparedness. The rationales are that women and homosexuals are unable to perform adequately and that the majority of heterosexual males in the military would be offended by their presence. These arguments cannot stand. The goal is to select the best individual for the combat position based upon abilities, not a stereotype. The real issue of se x in the military is one of inappropriate sexual behavior and not of gender or orientation. I see no reason why the United States military should not be at the vanguard of this movement in our society toward universal inclusion of all qualified Americans. Dennis J. Bobilya, Portsmouth, N.H.

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