Gays in the Military
September 7, 2004

The Center for Military Readiness is encouraging voters to evaluate the views of the major presidential candidates on all matters of national defense, including social issues such as homosexuals in the military. In particular, CMR has released a new article discussing the actions and inactions of Republican candidate President George W. Bushwith regard to the 1993 law banning homosexuals from the military. CMR also has analyzed the record of Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA), who voted against legislation to ban homosexuals from the military on September 9, 1993.

CMR President Elaine Donnelly commented that “Sen. Kerry’s testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) revealed an elitist and sometimes disdainful attitude toward anyone disagreeing with his views.”The legislation ultimately passed with bi-partisan, veto-proof majorities in the Senate (63-33) and in the House (264-169). . . Read More

August 28, 2004
Senator KERRY. Well, I appreciate that, Mr. Chairman.

Senator WARNER.Mr. Chairman, could I also join in that? I have had the privilege of knowing him, and I was actually Secretary of the Navy in the Gulf with the riverine, and his reputation was well known as one of the finest that ever served.

Senator KERRY.Thank you very much, sir. I appreciate that. In fact, I have your signature on one of my awards, which I appreciate.

Senator WARNER.Thank you, Senator. . . Read More

November 22, 2002
On Veterans Day 1992, then-President-elect Bill Clinton announced that he would fulfill his campaign promise to permit open homosexuality in the military. Clinton failed in that effort, but ten years later, homosexual activists are adjusting their strategy. Instead of pushing "civil rights" and "equal opportunity" for gays, they are trying to use the War on Terrorism to advance their agenda. In a New Republic article, New York University history Professor Nathaniel Frank denounced the Army for honorably discharging homosexual language trainees from the Army’s Defense Language Institute (DLI), just because they are gay. To listen to columnist Andrew Sullivan, the Washington Post editorial page (Nov. 20), and the activist Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) the loss of these men (and at least one woman) is a national security catastrophe. Prof. Frank described the trainees as "fully competent Arabic linguists," even though they had not finished the course or earned that designation. He also called for elimination of the military’s 10 year-old "interim policy" regarding homosexuals. Both characterizations are typical of misinformation produced by the California-based Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military, where he is Senior Research Fellow. . . Read More

January 14, 2002
The Army has issued a comic book-style guide for soldiers that purports to "clarify" the rules for reporting prohibited homosexual conduct, and for refraining from harassing suspected homosexuals. Titled "Dignity and Respect: A Training Guide on Homosexual Conduct Policy," the full-color 30-page pamphlet contains scenes of soldiers encountering situations involving persons who reveal their homosexuality, or are suspected of being gay. Rather than clarifying the terms of the 1993 law that excludes homosexuals from the military, the comic book conveys the false impression that homosexuals are eligible to serve in the military, provided that they do not admit that they are homosexuals. . . Read More

January 7, 2002

Summary and Overview:  Why it is Important to Understand the Difference

The question of whether professed homosexuals are eligible to serve in the military remains unclear to many observers, even though Congress passed a law in 1993 that excludes homosexuals from the military.

The historic record indicates that Congress gave careful consideration to President Clinton’s plan to accommodate gays in the military, known as "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," or DADT for short. Members ultimately rejected it, however, because the concept was unworkable and indefensible in court. Contrary to inaccurate news reports, which persist to this day, the DADT policy that President Clinton formally proposed on July 19, 1993, was never adopted or codified in law. . .

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