Gays in the Military
April 22, 2008
The Thursday, April 17, 2008 edition of the Washington Times ran a letter to the editor from Elaine Donnelly, responding to an article by S. A. Miller titled, "Obama won't require top military picks to back gays."  The April 11 news article reported that during an interview with the gay publication The Advocate, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) said that he would consider officers for appointment to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, even if they disagreed with his own view that professed homosexuals should serve in the military. . . Read More

March 10, 2008

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) keeps holding “briefings” on Capitol Hill, trying to create the illusion of momentum behind legislation to repeal the 1993 law regarding gays in the military.  Next time, they should just bring a straw man labeled “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and vent their frustrations by beating the stuffing out of it.  I could even join them.  I will continue to support the 1993 law, however, which is frequently mislabeled “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

On Thursday, March 6, I attended the latest SLDN briefing, similar to one I attended on June 5, 2007.  This time, four retired military panelists spoke in a House Armed Services Committee hearing room in the Rayburn Building.  The three men and one woman told how they had concealed their homosexual conduct while they were in service, or were discharged because they had identified themselves as homosexual. . . Read More

February 5, 2008
In 2007 the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) surveyed presidential hopefuls on issues of concern to the “LGBT” (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender) community.  Questions on the HRC Survey covered fifteen controversial issues, including federal recognition of state-level same-sex unions, the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act” (ENDA), “hate crimes” (speech code) legislation, same-sex marriage and civil unions, tax, immigration, and insurance benefits for gay partners, adoption rights for same-sex couples, “comprehensive” sex education and, of course, repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  The catch-phrase describes former President Bill Clinton’s expendable administrative policy to accommodate gays in the military, despite the 1993 law stating that they are not eligible to serve. . . Read More

January 29, 2008
How did voters react when former President Bill Clinton tried to keep his campaign promise to lift the ban on gays in the military?  A 1994 survey done for the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) by Stanley Greenberg indicated the second most important factor that shifted control of Congress to  the    Republicans in the 1994 mid-term election was President Bill Clinton’s 1993 push for gays in the military. . . Read More

December 17, 2007

The campaign for gays in the military keeps contradicting itself. Some advocates imply that our military is suffering grievous harm because too many homosexual members are being discharged. Actual data shows, however, that the number of discharges for homosexuality is quite small in comparison to personnel losses for other reasons, such as pregnancy or weight standard violations.

Now comes the simultaneous, contradictory claim that discharges of gay personnel are declining because gays are needed to fight in the war. This was the underlying theme in a CBS “60 Minutes” segment aired on Sunday, December 16, 2007. Focusing on an openly gay soldier who was not discharged, the program effectively mocked the military with innuendo suggesting hypocrisy. . . Read More

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