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Gays in the U.S. Military - DADT policy

More reactions to the passage of the
DADT repeal bill, 2010-DEC-18 to 21.

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More reactions to the bill passage from reporters, Congress members, victims of DADT, religious groups, etc:

  • Kris Mineau of the Massachusetts Family Institute criticized the eight Republican Senators who followed the wishes of 74% of registered Republicans, 77% of the general population and 70% of white evangelical Christian voters and voted in favor of the repeal bill. The president of the Institute said that the Senators: "... made a vow not to vote on 'don't ask, don't tell' until the budget was resolved and they broke trust with the people. In doing so, they not only have put special interests above fiscal interests but also have put our troops at risk during wartime." 1

  • Dr. Peter Mansoor, a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army specializes in military history at the Ohio State University. He said: "Pretty much all the heated discussion is over and now it's a matter of the more mundane aspects of implementing the law." 2

  • Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos, who had opposed the repeal, said that" "the Marine Corps will step out smartly to faithfully implement this new policy. ... [I will] personally lead this effort, thus ensuring the respect and dignity due all Marines." 2

  • Elaine Donnelly is founder and president of the Center for Military Readiness -- a leading opponent of the DADT repeal. She said that the certification process is a "sham" because it will be done by three people who already have stated their support for the change: President Barak Obama, Defense Secretary Bill Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She predicts many lawsuits by lesbian, gay and bisexual servicemembers seeking equal military benefits for same-sex partners and spouses. She said: "The story is just beginning." 2

  • Richard Myers, a retired Air Force general and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff appeared on the"State of the Union" program on CNN. He finds it difficult to predict the degree of difficulty of implementing the end of DADT in the immediate future. He said: "But in the long run I think we can" make the change without hurting military effectiveness. 2

  • On DEC-19, Elaine Donnelly posted an essay on BigPeace.com. She wrote:

    "Sixty-five senators voted for the no-amendments-allowed 'privileged' bill in a lame-duck session.  History will note that the outgoing 111th Congress acted with needless haste allowing no time for substantive hearings to examine findings and controversial recommendations in the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Review Working Group Report."

    "Liberals in Congress knew that the report could not withstand informed scrutiny, so Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) persuaded others to join her in breaking their word on legislative priorities—a betrayal that belied her own previous statements calling for full and open debate.  Full hearings and informed oversight probably would have halted this controversial bill."

    "Adding insult to grievous and possibly irreversible injury, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) celebrated 'victory' for his legislation by praising the results of First Amendment rights enjoyed by well-funded, mostly-civilian LGBT Left groups.  The remark was a thoughtless affront to concerned combat troops who tried to express support for the current law through the Pentagon’s Working Group process."

    "Without providing quantitative data on the results of focus groups nationwide and overseas, the Working Group conceded, 'Our sense is that the majority of views expressed were against repeal.'  Not only were these opinions disrespected, Adm. Mike Mullen has already stated  more than once that anyone who disagrees with the LGBT law no longer will be welcome to serve." 3

  • On DEC-20, Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc welcomed the bill to repeal DADT but noted that the "job" of attaining equality for persons of all sexual orientations is far from being completed. He wrote:

    "... it's perfectly legal in 30 states to fire someone because they're gay -- and you can fire someone over their gender identity in 37 states. ..."

    "There must be universal, nationwide protection of civil and human rights for LGBT people in all 50 states."

    "The good news is that we're now going to have openly gay veterans, with Combat Infantry Badges, Air Medals, Purple Hearts and Silver and Bronze Stars walking proudly and openly in our society."

    "Now is the time -- we now will have openly gay service people and veterans (they are there now and were always there, but not openly) and we have Ted Olson's brilliant legal logic against California's Proposition 8, all of which underscores this reality: LGBT civil and human rights do not impinge on the rights of any other group. They are in the logical progression of our American revolution, which, evidenced by the end of DADT, remains alive and well." 4

  • On DEC-20, Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) to the Virginia legislature revealed that he is drafting a bill for the 2011 session that would ban lesbians, gays and bisexuals from the Virginia National Guard. Referring to the DADT repeal bill, he said:

    "This policy will weaken military recruitment and retention, and will increase pressure for a military draft. After 232 years of prohibiting active, open homosexuals from enlisting in our military, President Obama and a majority in Congress are conducting a social experiment with our troops and our national security. ... In countries where religions and cultures find homosexual acts immoral, the Obama administration's repeal policy will work to the detriment of all American troops in securing local cooperation with our nation's foreign policy goals." 5

  • On DEC-20, Col. Bill Spencer served in the U.S. Air Force for almost three decades and is now retired. He wrote an article for CitizenLink, an affiliate of the fundamentalist Christian advocacy group, Focus on the Family. It is titled: "With ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ It’s Too Late to Care Now." He wrote:

    "The steady, incessant drumbeat of the homosexual lobby won’t be silenced by the repeal of the so-called “don’t ask, don’t tell” provision. It seems the drums finally got to the American people — 65 of your senators voted to end the ban this weekend. The homosexual activists’ fight for cultural acceptance of a particular behavior will go on. You’ll need some earplugs because the drums will continue. ..."

    "What can change this now? Sadly, I think only a future war will have us rethink how we best organize our troops to fight and win wars. At that time, cooler heads will prevail, and we’ll determine who best should be fielded to defend us. The social curiosity that will have been the openly gay service experience will vanish as the nation — at great cost — rediscovers the real purpose for having a military."

    "But for today, I fear that our military members in the field are left with these thoughts: 'Does my country not think of me that much? Does the country think it should hobble its forces in the field with these distractions during time of war?  Does the country require us to deal with this, as well? Am I indeed a patriot without a country? What moral madness awaits us next? When bullets are flying at me, and everyone back home is apparently just thinking about themselves and their own private behaviors, it’s too much to ask of me to sacrifice my life'." 6

  • On DEC-21, Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, issued a statement saying:

    "The repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) is a cause for celebration for all who believe in civil rights. Now, gay men and women will be allowed to serve their country with integrity and dignity. I want to thank the many dedicated Unitarian Universalists who have been working to repeal this discriminatory policy for the past seventeen years. The repeal of DADT is another step on the long journey for full equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans. Let us take a moment to celebrate this victory. And let us continue to stand on the side of love for those who serve." 7

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For now, the DADT policy is still in force.
If you are a lesbian, gay or bisexual active servicemember, keep your head down and remain in the closet for now.

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The story continues...

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Verena Dobnik, "Gays see repeal as a civil rights milestone," Associated Press, 2010-DEC-19, at: http://news.yahoo.com/ Within the fist ten hours online, 4,007 comments were posted to this report by readers.
  2. Robert Burns, "With gay ban debate over, military impact in doubt," Associated Press, 2010-DEC-19, at: http://news.yahoo.com. Within the first hour online, the article collected 8,200 comments by readers. That looked very impressive, until I noticed that the were dated from 2010-OCT and referred to a different topic.
  3. Elaine Donnelly, " 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal: Congress ignores combat troops," Big Peace, 2010-DEC-19, at: http://bigpeace.com/
  4. Tony Perkins, "The Left went all out -- will you," mailing, Family Research Council, 2010-DEC-27.
  5. Anita Kumar, "Marshall seeks to ban gays from Virginia National Guard," Washington Post, 2010-DEC-20, at: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/
  6. Col. Bill Spencer, "Commentary: With ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ It’s Too Late to Care Now," CitizenLink, 2010-DEC-20, at: http://www.citizenlink.com/
  7. Peter Morales, "UUA celebrates the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, 2010-DEC-21, at: http://www.uua.org/

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Copyright © 2010 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2010-DEC-18
Latest update: 2010-DEC-30
Author: B.A. Robinson

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