Bil Browning

Korea to end ban on gays in the military?

Filed By Bil Browning | November 03, 2010 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: gays in the military, National Human Rights Commission, South Korea

While American politicians and pundits are all atwitter this morning claiming that Democrats moved too far left, news comes out of South Korea - not exactly a bastion of liberal politics - that the country might end their ban on gays in the military. korea_south.gifKorea's National Human Rights Commission has appealed to the Constitutional Court to have the ban removed.

Clause No. 92 in the code, established in 1962, stipulates that those who are engaged in "sodomy or other acts of molestation" are to be given a jail sentence of up to one year.

"We have determined that homosexuality does not directly affect military combat power, moral fiber and unity. Criminal punishment according to the penal code infringes on their rights to equality and runs counter to the trend of the times," the commission said during its committee meeting.

The Korean Commission argues that the policy "infringes on homosexuals' rights to make their own sexual decisions and other fundamental rights." "Liberal" American politicians, however, can't muster up enough votes to repeal our ban on gays in the military even though the American people support the overwhelmingly support repeal.

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