Gays in the Military
January 14, 2009
The Michael D. Palm Center, which promotes gay causes from its base at the University of California at Santa Barbara, issued a January 13 news release objecting to an annual survey done by the Gannett-owned Military Times.  The widely-read liberal newspaper supports the Center’s cause, but it turned the Palm Center purple by releasing the results of its annual poll seeking the opinions of active-duty people on the issue of gays in the military. . . Read More

August 22, 2008

The following article is excerpted from the testimony of CMR President Elaine Donnelly, who was invited to testify before the House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee on July 23, 2008.  A Summary of her statement is available here, and the full-length version is posted here.

In 1993 President Bill Clinton attempted to lift the ban on homosexuals in the military.  It was one of the most contentious efforts of his administration, sparking months of intense debate.  Following twelve legislative hearings and field trips, Congress passed a law codifying and confirming the pre-Clinton policy.  That statute, technically named Section 654, Title 10, P.L. 103-160, [1] is frequently mislabeled “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  A more accurate name would have been the “Military Personnel Eligibility Act of 1993.” [2]  The statute, which has been upheld by the courts as constitutional several times, clearly states that homosexuals are not eligible for military service. . . Read More

August 22, 2008
Should civilians waving rainbow flags get to make policy for our military?  It is a legitimate question in the presidential race.  Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) sports a rainbow-striped logo in the “People” section of his website celebrating Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) rights.  A draft of the Democratic National Platform, expected to be approved in Denver, advocates inclusion of professed homosexuals in the military. . . Read More

August 22, 2008

The following article is excerpted from the testimony of CMR President Elaine Donnelly, who was invited to testify before the House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee on July 23, 2008.  A summary of her statement is available here, and the full-length version is posted here.

Repeal of the Law and Forced Cohabitation

If Congress repeals the 1993 statute stating that homosexuals are not eligible to serve in uniform, and the military is ordered to accommodate professed (not discreet) homosexuals, the culture of the military will be radically changed.  Recruiters will be directed to accept and even seek out professed homosexuals for induction in all branches of the military, including direct ground combat communities. . . Read More

August 22, 2008

The following Policy Analysis is provided for informational purposes only.  The Center for Military Readiness in an independent, non-partisan public policy organization.  

NATIONAL SECURITY AND MILITARY PERSONNEL ISSUES

Homosexuals in the Military: Where Do the Candidates Stand

 ·         A draft of the 2008 Democratic National Platform, expected to be approved in Denver, advocates inclusion of professed homosexuals in the military.  Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) sports a rainbow-striped logo in the “People” section of his website celebrating Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) rights.  The Human Rights Campaign gave high marks to Obama’s answers on their 2008 Presidential Candidate Survey. . . Read More

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