GlobalPost: Where Do Other Countries Stand on Gays in Military?

BY Larisa Epatko  February 4, 2010 at 3:49 PM EST

Although the debate is a heated one in the United States, our partners at GlobalPost have found that gays serving in the military is not as big of an issue overseas.

As part of the Planet Rainbow series, which looks into the state of gay communities in 20 countries, GlobalPost reporters found “a steady move toward allowing gays to openly serve in the military” in European and some other countries, according to the online news outlet’s executive editor Charles Sennott.

However, U.S. military officials and experts they spoke to pointed out that the culture within each military is different and the idea of mirroring what other countries, such as the UK or Israel, are doing wouldn’t work in the United States.

Watch Sennott’s full interview with Hari Sreenivasan: