Thursday, May 6, 2010

Kramer on Heterosexuality and Military Service

Kramer Zach Kramer (currently at Penn State, on his way to Arizona State) has posted on SSRN his forthcoming piece in the Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy: Heterosexuality and Military Service.

Here is the abstract:

The military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy (DADT) is based on a faulty understanding of the relationship between heterosexuality and military service. DADT is built around the idea that because gay sex disrupts unit cohesion, lesbians and gay men cannot be allowed to serve openly in the military. The policy rests on the idea that gay sex is more harmful to military effectiveness than other kinds of sexual conduct. Yet the military regulates a wide range of heterosexual sexual conduct—from blanket rules against sexual conduct altogether, to criminal laws targeting specific sexual acts and relationships, such as sodomy, adultery, fraternization, and a short-lived criminal law against pregnancy—and these regulations are all designed to protect unit cohesion. This Essay argues that DADT’s focus on homosexuality is misplaced. What the military thinks of as a problem with homosexuality is really a problem with sexual conduct in general. 

Interesting and timely piece by Zach, especially given the possibility of imminent Congressional action on DADT. Check it out.


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