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Action Alert! DADT Seems Inevitable, Not Imminent
   Monday, June 7, 2010   at   12:00 AM

The Armed Services Committees of both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate voted May 27 to reverse a law that prohibits homosexual men and lesbians from serving openly in the military. But significant hurdles remain before the policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” is repealed. Hopefully, one of those hurdles remains the military’s honest assessment of the impact of the proposed law.

Click here to ask your Member of Congress and U.S. Senators to carefully consider the military’s perspective when considering repealing the 1993 “don’t ask, don’t tell” law.

The policy will become part of the next Department of Defense authorization bill, which authorizes spending for the Pentagon. Tacking policy issues onto a required budget bill is a favorite tactic among politicians of both parties. It allows our elected representatives to justify a vote either for or against a politically sensitive issue, depending on their views of the larger fiscal questions.

We’ve told you that unlike some Christian organizations, we don’t have a philosophical opposition to homosexuals’ service in the military. In our minds it’s important to defer to the military about whether or not the service of openly gay men and women would disrupt the armed services to unacceptable levels. This is not a change that should not be imposed upon the military in the name of civilians’ imposition of political correctness.

Let’s remember that homosexual activists counted it a great victory when “don’t ask don’t tell” became law in 1993. Prior to the passage of that law, being “outed” was immediate grounds for discharge from the armed forces. What’s changed in the past 18 years is that homosexual activists have become increasingly bold in seeking to normalize same-sex relationships. In President Barack Obama, they have a chief executive they helped elect, who is extraordinarily willing to meet their policy demands.

The bill must still pass both the full House and the full Senate. Opponents of DADT repeal have their best opportunity for success in the Senate, where Republican John McCain of Arizona has threatened a filibuster. But ultimately, a repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” will not immediately open the door to full recognition of homosexuals in the military.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates recorded a video message May 28 for all active-duty troops that any repeal of the law will not happen until a review of the law by the Defense Department is completed, and only after he, Obama and the Joint Chiefs of Staff can make the change “without hurting unit cohesion, military readiness, military effectiveness and recruiting and retention.” Until then, Gates noted, DADT will be the law of the land.

It’s easy for civilians like us to say that having homosexuals in the military will weaken our fighting forces. It’s also easy for self-appointed experts in the media to say, as USA Today did May 31, that “it is wrong to ask gay men and women to serve and die today only if they conceal their sexual orientation.” We urge our elected representatives to defer to the advice of our military leaders on this matter, and not bow to the voices of political correctness.

Click here to ask your Member of Congress and U.S. Senators to carefully consider the military’s perspective when considering repealing the 1993 “don’t ask, don’t tell” law.

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