Trying to stay the **** out of this one, but...
Homosexuals are now authorized to live together in the barracks, but not heterosexual couples.
Wrong how? I know that Alma responded to the couples side of this, but unless they are giving **** soldiers their own private quarters, then **** soldiers will be barracked with other soldiers of their own sex, while straight soldiers will not be barracked with soldiers of the opposite **** (barring actual married couples, usually in off-base housing of course).
Wrong in every conceivable way the sentence I quoted could be interpreted. You're thinking open bays, which are a lot less common than people see on TV. They're usually generally used for people training out of their own areas, most commonly by Reservists. They're also split up for maybe fifty to hundred people. By UCMJ, couples in those living conditions are not
authorized to live together, heterosexual or homosexual. The simple solution is to separate the two people into different bays. If people lie, and are caught in the lie, they are harshly punished. We take false statements pretty serious, and you can't do anything
in the military without signing paperwork saying you aren't lying, all of which are legally binding. So they lie, their uncomfortable bay neighbors complain to the MPs, and these two knuckleheads (regardless of sexual preference
) are going to lose rank and a lot of money.
Now, there are hotel like barracks as well; two rooms connected to a common area in the middle. These are the kind of conditions most soldiers actually live in on a day to day basis outside of deployments. By the letter of the law they are separated, and not living together. With that being said, it's all up to the command to follow the rules. If the command decides to turn a blind eye to a homosexual couple sharing the common area type establishment, that's on them. By the same token, a heterosexual couple are given the same treatment. An unmarried couple doesn't have authorization to live together either, but blind eyes for them as well. Plausible dependability: "We just assign the rooms, we don't know what they're doing."
So, yeah. Wrong on authorization of any type.