Gays in the Military
December 17, 2007

Note: The Department of the Army finally discharged Sgt. Darren Manzella in June, 2008.  No explanation was given for the long delay in taking action required under the 1993 law stating that homosexuals are not eligible to serve in the military, Section 654, Title 10.

Anyone who thinks that the issue of gays in the military is settled should take a look at the astonishing CBS “60 Minutes” segment that aired on Sunday, December 16. The sensational story, transcribed here, featured an active duty soldier, Sgt. Darren Manzella, a professed homosexual. Sgt. Manzella flabbergasted correspondent Lesley Stahl with the claim that his local commander did not discharge him from the Army despite abundant evidence of homosexual conduct. Manzella proudly displayed bare-chested photos and a video of himself hugging, nuzzling, and passionately kissing his male partner “A.J,” and said that he had given them to his commanders during an investigation. . . Read More

December 14, 2007
Discharges Due to Homosexual Conduct – A Comparison . . . Read More

July 4, 2007

Legislation dealing with intensely controversial issues does not become law by accident. In the matter of homosexuals in the military, Congress codified the policy in place long before then-President Bill Clinton took office.  Members did not vote to approve Clinton’s controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” proposal, because they recognized that it would be difficult to enforce or defend in the federal courts.

Contrary to frequent misstatements of the law then and now, there is no way that bipartisan, veto-proof majorities would have passed a law making it “easier” for homosexuals to serve. Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.), then-Chairman of the House Armed Services (HASC) Personnel Subcommittee, underscored the point in a December 16, 1999, memorandum to his colleagues: . . . Read More

July 4, 2007

The law excluding homosexuals from the military frequently is mislabeled with the catch phrase, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  There are four major reasons why this law, which should have been called the “Military Personnel Eligibility Act of 1993,” was never given a name of its own: 

1.  Inaccurate News Reports

On September 9, 1993, legislation sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), which would have allowed the Clinton Administration to accommodate gays in the military, was defeated 63-33. On September 28 a similar amendment, sponsored by Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA) and Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-CO), was defeated with a second bi-partisan veto-proof vote, 264-169.  The proposal made by President Bill Clinton had gone down in flames, but major newspapers failed to accurately report the story. . . Read More

July 4, 2007

Liberal activists have been pushing hard for legislation, sponsored by former Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA) and Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA), to repeal the 1993 law banning homosexuals from the military.  A revved up public relations campaign is trying to create the illusion of momentum.1  The campaign for repeal constantly refers to the law as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” even though there is nothing in the law resembling the convoluted policy that is known by that name. 

On July 19, 1993, then-President Bill Clinton announced his “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” concept, which was designed to accommodate gays in the military.  According to Clinton’s plan, persons with a homosexual “orientation” could enlist or stay in the military as long as they did not say they were homosexual. . . Read More

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