Department of Sardonic Understatement
In an excellent piece about the judicious pace the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal is taking, Capt. Adrian Bonenberger writes:
The vocal minority asked whether soldiers could be compelled to serve alongside people whose lifestyles they believed were immoral. They felt that the terms of their commitment to the Army had been changed — that they would not have joined if they had known they might be serving alongside gays. There was also a great deal of concern about the decision not to make separate showers or living quarters. This group did not sympathize with the logic behind the repeal. I was careful to emphasize that being angry about something outside one’s control is not fruitful, and, instead, encouraged reluctant or resistant soldiers to view the change as beneficial for the country in the same tradition as desegregation or empowering women. Frank discussions of post-enlightenment social momentum, and the importance of sympathy and humanism bore limited fruit. [emphasis added]
Yes, I imagine the fruit was limited indeed. One can only imagine how those “frank discussions” played out in real time.