Gays in the Military
March 26, 2007

Marine Gen. Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, should not apologize for supporting the law excluding homosexuals from the military. That law, Section 654, Title 10, was passed with veto-proof bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress in 1993. Federal courts have declared it constitutional several times.

Nor should Gen. Pace be intimidated by name-calling gay activists who are berating the general for expressing his personal opinions on immorality. A relentless public relations campaign is promoting their cause and a controversial bill, sponsored by Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA), which would repeal the 1993 homosexual conduct law. . . Read More

February 28, 2007

In 1993 Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA) failed in his attempt to help President Bill Clinton lift the military’s ban on homosexuals in the military. An amendment to strike Senate-passed legislation to codify pre-Clinton Defense Department regulations banning gays from the military, which Meehan sponsored together with liberal Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder (D-CO), was defeated overwhelmingly on a 264-169bi-partisan vote. (Sept. 28, 1993)

Now Meehan is back with similar legislation to repeal the 1993 homosexual conduct law, a statute that has been upheld as constitutional several times. This time Meehan and his supporters are claiming that the military is on their side, pointing to a poll by Zogby International, released in December 2006. . . Read More

March 13, 2006

The United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision March 6 upholding the constitutionality of the Solomon Amendment. That law, enacted in 1994 and reaffirmed by Congress in the aftermath of 9/11, denies federal funds to colleges and universities that deny equal access to their campuses for military recruiters.

CMR applauds this commonsense ruling, which properly saw this as an issue of selective discrimination against military recruiters, not a matter of free speech. Colleges are free to deny access to military recruiters, but they cannot do so while simultaneously accepting federal money. . . Read More

September 7, 2004

The importance of the 2004 presidential election race demands that voters evaluate the views of both President George W. Bush and Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kerryon all national defense issues, including personnel policies that affect good order, discipline, and morale. The lives and missions of young volunteers in uniform must not be made more difficult and more dangerous due to problematic Clinton-era social engineering policies that should have been revised or eliminated long ago.

The actions and inactions of the Bush Administration with regard to the 1993 law banning homosexuals from the military are discussed nearby. Sen. John Kerry, now the Democratic presidential nominee, voted against legislation to ban homosexuals from the military, and made several on-the-record statements that revealed an elitist and sometimes disdainful attitude toward anyone disagreeing with his views. . . Read More

September 7, 2004
President George W. Bush has fulfilled his responsibility to enforce the 1993 statute that excludes homosexuals from the military. The Bush Administration has confused the issue, however, by retaining Clinton-era enforcement regulations, commonly known as the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which are inconsistent with the lawthat Congress actually passed. (P.L. 103-160, Title 10, Sect. 654) The law resulted from intense controversy that began on Veterans Day 1992, when President-elect Bill Clinton announced he would allow professed, open homosexuals to serve in the military. A spontaneous wave of telephone protests ensued and continued for months. Both the Senate and House Armed Services Committeesconducted twelve congressional hearings and field trips involving civilian experts and military people of all ranks. . . Read More

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