Indon wrote:EmptySet wrote:There's also the fact that US military personnel are already sharing sleeping areas, showers, etc. with homosexuals, due to the "don't-ask-don't-tell" policy...
This is extremely relevant.
Look at this from the perspective of a high-ranking officer in the US military. If a military member misbehaves and turns out to be homosexual, well, the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy functions as plausible deniability for that member's superiors.
Now, if a military member misbehaves towards a member of the opposite gender, and it turns out that insufficient measures were taken to prevent it by his leadership, his leadership is liable to a degree for his actions. Nobody goes to jail, but someone may well lose their job. Thus, things like general orders to establish wholly separate living quarters for males and females - so that when someone does something wrong, the government can say, "Well, he ignored orders, so it's not our fault."
If a military member's leadership was aware of that member's homosexuality, they are under legal obligation to take the same kind of measures that they take towards heterosexuals to prevent questionable situations. Logistically, this is prohibitively expensive. Any number of heterosexuals of the same gender can be housed together without a problem - but no more than two homosexuals may be housed together without a potential attraction.
If you're looking at it that way, the military leaders are being negligent in their duties by deliberately avoiding information which they believe has implications for the welfare of those under their care. For comparison, imagine that military leaders institute a policy of selective blindness which prevents them from identifying females, and thus makes females and males bunk together. Then, when someone complains, they say "I'm not to blame! I had no idea women existed!!" I think it's pretty clear that this kind of deliberate ignorance isn't a very good excuse. Not to mention that, if saying "He disobeyed orders!" is enough to exonerate the leaders, they can simply order everyone not to sexually harass each other.
Also, rape/sexual harassment/etc frequently occur between members of the same sex who claim to be straight (prison rape, for instance). I therefore question whether removing homosexuals to prevent such problems would actually be effective or necessary.