Five House Republicans Vote to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
House Democrats voted in overwhelming numbers last night to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that has for decades allowed gays to serve in the military. The only caveat is they aren’t allowed to broadcast what they’re doing in their government-supplied bedrooms.
Five Republicans voted to join the radical gay lobby in pushing passage of Nancy Pelosi’s remaining priority item before the elections. Those five Republicans are: Reps. Judy Biggert (Ill.) Joseph Cao (La.), Charles Djou (Hawaii), Ron Paul (Texas) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.)
This vote was not about gays openly serving in our military. It never has been. The radical gay lobby seeks to force the military to allow their fellow travelers to serve openly as a means to achieve other elements of their radical agenda in the civilian world.
Repeal of this policy causes myriad problems in fundamental areas such as housing, shower, personal hygiene and bathroom space (men, women, gay men, gay women—or should we no longer have gender identification on bathrooms and living quarters).
What about gay partners? Are they allowed to marry to qualify for married billeting?
What about rights of conscience? We’ve all just seen how Franklin Graham was not allowed to pray with our military on the National Day of Prayer. What’s this going to do to the rights of conscience of all of our military pastors?
There is much more to this issue that is currently being studied by the military. But somehow Democrats and five Republicans can’t wait for the results of the impact review.
Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) talked yesterday about some of the ramifications to the military, should the repeal now pass the Senate.
“Our Armed Forces are currently conducting a top to bottom study of the ramifications of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Price said. “The consequences of repeal go far beyond just allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly but to questions about same-sex marriage, family benefits, and rights of conscience. The military should never be used as a testing ground for social policy, especially not during wartime. Yet Democrats are showing a disrespect for military personnel by attempting to force through repeal regardless of what the official review will conclude.
“The heads of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps have all asked Congress to respect this review process. President Obama’s own Secretary of Defense said this rush to judgment ‘would send a very damaging message to our men and women in uniform that in essence their views, concerns, and perspectives do not matter.’ I could not agree more,” Price added. “This is a shameful attempt to circumvent our Armed Forces, and I do not support it.”
The military shoulders the awesome responsibility of the defense of this great nation. To arbitrarily make decisions that affect military readiness and cohesion exposes the deep lack of understanding of our military by those who voted in favor of the repeal, regardless of its impact on national defense.