As lawmakers meet this week to discuss the issue of gays openly serving in the armed forces, a new coalition opposed to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” says changing the current law would present an array of problems within the military ranks, including “serious negative impact on recruiting, retention, unit cohesion, and readiness.”
At a news conference in Washington, D.C. last Thursday, Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, argued against repeal of the current military eligibility law known as DADT that has been in effect since 1993.
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Donnelly, whose non-partisan organization specializes in military/social issues, was joined by leaders of several groups in illustrating how mandating acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered agenda would cause further problems with no benefit to improved military readiness, discipline, unit cohesion and morale.
“Activists and allies in the media keep suggesting that repeal of current law will not cause any complications in military life,” Donnelly said of President Barack Obama ordering Pentagon officials to promote his new LGBT Law.
Donnelly presented a series of charts on how repealing DADT would “represent complicated problems that will be loaded on the backs of countless mid-level officers and NCOs. They should not have to pay the bill for political promises that President Barack Obama made to the LGBT Left.”
Donnelly went on to criticize Defense Secretary William Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen for supporting Obama’s orders to repeal the current law. “It is surprising that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff would try to use subordinate troops as props in support of his personal opinions,” Donnelly said
Earlier this month, Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee that “we have received our orders from the commander in chief and are moving out accordingly.”
Donnelly argued that a Defense Department task force paper on how Congress should repeal DADT cannot be an objective study because its primary focus is on “how” to change the 1993 law, not “if” it should.
“On issue after issue, the most fundamental question about the proposed LGBT Law is this: “How does this improve military readiness?” Donnelly asked. “If the LGBT Law does not benefit the All-Volunteer Force — the only military we have — it should not be passed.”
Donnelly was joined in denouncing the new LGBT Law by Tom Minnery, Vice President of Public Policy for Focus on the Family, who called the proposed LGBT a “social engineering failure and referred to DADT as the “last gasp of sanity that keeps sexual tension away from men’s barracks and women’s barracks.”
Others speaking out against Obama’s plan to promote gays in the military included David Keene, President of the American Conservative Union; Frank Gaffney, President of the Center for Security Policy; retired Admiral James A. Lyons, former Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet; Jordan Lorence, Senior Counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund; Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America; and Mathew Staver, Dean of the Liberty University School of Law.
Staver and Lorence said consequences of repealing DADT would force military chaplains and schools to accept the LGBT agenda. They argued that if Congress votes to pass the LGBT Law, military life could become more difficult and more dangerous.
Gaffney said repeal of DADT would “mortally damage” America’s armed forces, while Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, maintained that ending DADT would "sacrifice real lives" in order to merely score political points.
“Folks who don’t know very much about the way the military operates, or what is good or bad for it, are telling us how the military ought to be run,” Keene added, while Lorence said: “This change in policy will negatively affect military readiness by creating a conflict of conscience for military chaplains. One of the first times in American history, there will be an open conflict between the virtues taught by the chaplains and the moral message delivered by the military.”
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