President Obama renewed his pledge to end the military’s ban on homosexuals at a fund-raising dinner in Washington Saturday night. His speech was designed to buy more time from the impatient gay community that aggressively supported his bid for the presidency.
“I will end ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’” Obama promised 3,000 supporters of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a far-left group that promotes forcing Americans to embrace homosexual behavior. The commander-in-chief said “That’s my commitment to you” but he offered no timetable.
He assured the cheering audience “I’m here with a simple message: I’m here with you in that fight.” Then Obama said “Do not doubt the direction we are headed and the destination we will reach” and “my commitment to you is unwavering.”
He reviewed his campaign pledge to be “a fierce advocate for gay and lesbian Americans” and then outlined evidence of his pro-homosexual accomplishments and the way-ahead.
Obama reminded those at the $250-a-plate black tie event that his administration has extended benefits to the spouses of homosexual federal employees, hosted a “Gay Pride” month celebration and distributed tickets to gay “families” to attend the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. He also appointed John Berry to serve as Director of the Office of Personnel Management, the highest-ranking openly homosexual official in U.S. history.
Obama promised to re-invigorate the nation’s response to HIV/AIDS. He will host public forums to develop a national HIV/AIDS strategy, end a policy that prohibits HIV-positive foreigners from entering the country and renew the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act. That act is the country’s largest federally funded program for people with HIV/AIDS.
But his pro-gay list of achievements is thin, which disappoints anxious activists. He did celebrate the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a bill that recently passed the House and is expected to be considered by the Senate this week. He promised to eagerly sign the bill, which has become a centerpiece of the homosexual community’s political agenda because it includes crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation.
He admitted “We know there is more work” to do and then promised to work hard on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). “It’s not fair to get fired for being gay,” Obama said but he made no promise when he will try to push ENDA through Congress. The proposed bill would prohibit discrimination against employees on the basis of sexual orientation.
Obama says he does not support homosexual marriage, a position that enjoys strong bipartisan support across the country. But he does see “…a time relationships between two men and two women are just as admirable as a man and a woman.” For now, Obama’s same-sex relationship vision is blunted unless the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is repealed, an idea he favors. There is a pending House bill to repeal DOMA but opponents outnumber supporters and twenty-nine states have banned same-sex marriage.
The president said “We are moving ahead on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’” and indicated he is working with “the Pentagon and House.” He explained, “We should not punish patriotic Americans who serve this country, especially when fighting two wars.” Then he invoked a common canard about the issue, “We cannot afford to cut from our ranks people with critical skills.”
Anyone serving in the military knows about the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on homosexuals serving openly. That means gay service members lied to join. Besides, the vast majority of those dismissed for homosexuality — the forced discharges for homosexuality during the years 1994-2003 averaged a miniscule .37 percent — are junior people with few skills.
There is no need to reverse the policy based on recruitment or retention, the most-often cited justification for reversing the policy. The military has no shortage of recruits and retention is at record levels.
The 1993 ban was passed by a Democratic-controlled Congress and signed by President Clinton. It is intended to protect combat effectiveness which the Pentagon’s 1993 task force on homosexuality said is threatened by openly serving gays. Until there is objective and independent evidence that military effectiveness won’t be harmed by gays serving openly, Congress will likely keep the ban no matter what Obama says or does.
Obama’s appearance at the HRC dinner and advocacy for radical change marks him as “…the most divisive president in American history,” said Mathew Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty University School of Law. Staver continued, “He seems to relish in promoting radical policies and ideas that drive a wedge between people who hold contrasting beliefs and values.”
The president concluded his speech with an anecdote about a young man struggling “to fall asleep with a secret.” The young man’s secret, said Obama, is his homosexuality and the president promised “his future is bright” because our “common ideals [are] stronger than division.” Obama promised there are “still laws to change and hearts to open.”
Obama’s speech demonstrates conclusively that he intends to forcibly change America’s moral compass by rewriting our laws to force all Americans to embrace the radical gay agenda.