Service members at the Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan recently held a fundraiser for OutServe-SLDN, a group whose primary function is to support LGBT members of the US Military. The fundraiser, according to the group, was a great success. However, it has left many in opposition to the overturning of the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy to point to events such as this as a deterioration of the US Military and its character.
Some see this as out of character for the military and its members, and believe that the overturning of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has led the politically correct crowd to allow events like this to occur. These individuals believe that it weakens the military to allow such activity and that such a fundraiser should not have taken place on a military base.
On the other side, the group claims that they were not sure about how successful the idea would be when they first proposed the event. However, they were surprised by the tremendous outpouring of support the fundraiser has received. According to Navy Lt. Marissa Greene, co-chapter leader of OutServe-SLDN, “We didn’t think there was much of a desire for an event like this on the island but it has actually blown up.”
As the military continues to balance the dismissal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” amongst two varying opinions of the issue, the struggle between both of these sides on this issue will continue to ignite a great deal of controversy for both.