ANN ARBOR, MI – Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy groups have increased their pressure on the White House and legislators to repeal the long-standing statutory ban on homosexuals from openly serving in the military without waiting for the Pentagon’s planned review of the implications of such a repeal.
A vote to repeal the ban is planned for this Thursday, May 27th, in both the Senate and the House.
According to reports, the offices of targeted senators are being deluged with phone calls and mail to force their vote to repeal the ban. A victim of that pressure may be Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, who according to reports is reluctantly supporting an immediate repeal of the law. Less than a month ago, Secretary Gates wrote a strongly worded letter [letter attached] opposing any legislation that seeks to repeal the statute before the Pentagon completes its review of the implications of such a move.
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Michigan, is encouraging responsible members of Congress not to vote for any bill, regardless of its language, that has as its aim the ultimate repeal the ban.
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center, commented, “Repeal of the ban on homosexuals serving in the military would sacrifice the best military force in the world as a payoff to homosexual advocacy groups for their campaign support.”
Thompson continued, “The purpose of our military is to prepare for and prevail in combat. The Supreme Court has long recognized the difference between military and civilian life, and has given great deference to the requirements of our military. There is no constitutional right to serve in our armed forces, and homosexual groups should not be allowed to foist their political and social agendas at the expense of national security, and the destruction of unit cohesion, which is so essential to the combat effectiveness of our armed forces.”
Over 1,150 distinguished retired Flag and General Officers of the military, including 51 four-star generals and admirals, strongly urge that the existing ban be maintained. In a statement released in 2009, they expressed their great concern about the impact a repeal of the ban would have on “morale, discipline, unit cohesion, and overall readiness.”
If the ban is repealed, LGBT operatives will infiltrate the military, and backed by a brigade of ACLU lawyers, will push the homosexual agenda to the point of paralyzing the primary purpose of the military—winning wars.
The 1993 federal statute at issue, (often mislabeled as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”) states that homosexuals are not eligible to serve in the military. The law was passed overwhelmingly by bipartisan, veto-proof majorities in both houses, after extensive hearings and debate. The legislation was prompted by overwhelming public opposition to President’s
Clinton’s attempt to lift the ban on homosexuals in the military as a political favor to the homosexual groups which supported his election bid.
In its findings leading to the 1993 law, Congress affirmed:
that there is no constitutional right to serve in the armed forces; military life is fundamentally different from civilian life; the prohibition against homosexual conduct is a long-standing element of military law; and the presence of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.
The current Commandant of the US Marine Corps, General James T. Conway, told Congress his advice to President Obama and members of Congress was to keep the ban on homosexuals as it is.
In February, 2010 both the Army and Air Force Chiefs of Staff testified before Congress. The Army Chief of Staff, General George W. Casey, Jr., told Congress:
“I do have serious concerns about the impact of repeal of the law on a force that’s fully engaged in two wars and has been at war for eight-and-a-half years,” General Casey told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “We just don’t know the impacts on readiness and military effectiveness.”
The Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton A. Schwartz told Congress:
“This is not the time to perturb the force that is, at the moment, stretched by demands in
Afghanistan and elsewhere without careful deliberation.”
Thompson concluded, “Military men and women, our sons and daughters, should not be subjected to an involuntary social experiment which will damage our national security.”
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