The policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” enacted in 1993 created a public argument about the morality of homosexual service in the United States Armed Forces. When viewed through different ethical frameworks both the reasons for and against the policy change. Ethical Relativism: The first moral framework used to analyze the policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is ethical relativism. Subjective ethical relativism states that there are no moral truths which exist universally and necessarily. Truths are only true to those who hold them at the individual level. Therefore be necessary to view this policy through the eyes of different individuals and understand how they view the policy. One person may oppose homosexuals in the armed forces due to
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Ethical egotists would argue that everyone involved in the process should just attempt to utilize this issue to benefit oneself. Republican senators should rally their homophobic base in favor of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to gain reelection, while GBLT leaders should oppose the legislation to advance their political agenda. Individuals should support or oppose in law in whichever way benefits the individuals. However, morally ethical egotism would lose the ability to make a moral prescriptive statement because each individual will have different moral judgments depending on their own benefit.
The moderate ethical altruist would frame the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in a way that states that people should act in ways that benefit others and in so doing, benefit themselves. Altruists would state that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy fails to treat the minority groups how the majority group would want to be treated. If heterosexuals were prohibited from openly serving, there would be a strong sense of injustice in the military. If gay and lesbians were able to openly serve, the majority group would receive the good will and support from a larger section of the culture which would also be better for the majority group. Therefore since the imposition of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is inherently a selfish act, the moderate ethical altruist would argue it is morally wrong to impose the