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Business Ethics and Issue Identification: Homosexuality in the Military

Identify a potential ethical dilemma from a real company. The company could be a current company for which you work, a company in which you used to work, a friend's company, or so on. The ethical issue or problem selected must affect the company, potentially affect the company, or involve the company.

Explain the issues involved, including:

Identify the stakeholders.

Identify the concerns of the stakeholders.

For example, a company may choose to videotape the office and read employee e-mails. The conflict here may be that employees feel these practices are a violation of privacy and feel they have a right to a certain level of the privacy. However, stakeholders defend these practices because their concerns are whether the employees are getting their work done.

Explain why you chose this particular issue and why the issue is important.
Examine the current relevance of the issue. Is the issue currently in the media spotlight? Are there any recent incidents or reasons why this issue has come to the public's attention.

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For the United States Armed Forces, the ethical issue of gays in the military has been an ongoing struggle. This issue has impacted the lives of thousands of men and women who have lost their careers after being forced out of the military due to their sexual preference. For the military, this is the most divisive issue of this generation, as the impact of allowing openly gay troops to serve in the military is hotly contested. From high ranking Generals all the way down to the low ranking foot soldier, every military member is directly affected by this issue (Grier, 2010).

In the early 90's, President Bill Clinton passed the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) law that became the guiding principle for the Armed services to follow in dealing with the issue of homosexual soldiers and the way they are to conduct themselves. In brief, DADT allowed gay men and women to serve in the military as long as they essentially hid their sexual preference and never discussed it or displayed it openly to anyone. From the conservative perspective, the policy was not perfect, but, it kept homosexuals from being able to openly join the military services so it pacified them. For the homosexual point of view, it was complete discrimination that ethically forced them to lie about who they were and how they lived in order to go to work every day and function as a soldier (Sangillo, 2009).

The primary stakeholders in this debate are the soldiers first, then the government, and finally the American people. For soldiers, their concerns ...

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This solution discusses the struggle of ethical issues of gays in the military with relation to legislation and the issues' stakeholders in 946 words with four references and in-text citations.