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Will Muslim countries want gay American soldiers/sailors on their soil?

In the rush to bring sexual preference equality to our military it seems to have been overlooked that many countries in the world do not share our government’s liberal views on the subject, particularly the Muslim ones in the Middle East where we have a number of key bases to protect out vital interests. Some religious hardliners in the region are of the opinion that homosexuality is a crime punishable by death:

The death penalty is currently in place in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Mauritania, northern Nigeria, Sudan, and Yemen. In Afghanistan it is a crime that  that is punished with fines and a prison sentence. The legal situation in the United Arab Emirates is unclear. In many Muslim nations, such as Bahrain, Qatar, Algeria and the Maldives, homosexuality is punished with jail time, fines, or corporal punishment. -Wikipedia

The Saudis in particular walk a very tight line with religious hardliners and this may well be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Saudi leaders are still reeling, arguably more than is publicly known, from the WikiLeaks disclosures.  Any ‘private’ talks between the US and the Saudis or other Muslim nations on this issue seem unlikely.

It will be interesting to see how the gay rights policies of Washington liberals play out in the real world on this matter.