Members of the Society for the Reformation of Manners in England accused Captain Rigby of sodomy. The captain was convicted and sentenced to serve one I year in prison. He was also made to stand in a public place where people get to humiliate him for his supposedly bad manners. During the reign of Germany’s National Socialist (Nazi) government under the leadership of Adoft Hitler, the Nazi attempted to rid Germany of people whom they think do not fit their vision of the Aryan race. Since homosexuals do not fit into their vision of the Aryan race, many homosexuals were summarily put to death (see United States Holocaust Memorial Museum).
Although times have changed since the open persecution of homosexuals through the courts and through summary execution, the public perception of homosexuals still remains mixed. Some people have become more tolerant to gays while others remained close minded on the issue. In our modern times, homosexuals enjoy more freedom but still, there are areas where these people still do not enjoy the kind of freedom that most people have. A good example of this is the case of the military. During the Clinton Administration, the government adopted the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for gays in the military. This laws which took effect in 1993 authorized the government to discharge an American soldier for coming out as lesbian, gay or bisexual. The rationale behind this legislation is that accepting people who are openly gay into the military would affect the high standard of morale in the military and would affect the implementation of good order and discipline among soldiers. The Bush administration supported the policy but the Obama administration promised to allow gays to openly serve the military. Of course this promise of President Obama is yet to be seen in the military. As of now, the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy still