President Obama (White House photo)
A public interest legal team whose work has included defending wrongly accused U.S. Marines and pursuing legal action over the unconstitutionality of federalized health care is warning that the Obama administration is working on enabling homosexuals to live their chosen lifestyle openly as members of the U.S. military by Memorial Day.
The prediction comes from Richard Thompson, the chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, who in a statement this week encouraged members of Congress to defend the present statute.
At issue is the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” stance the U.S. military has adopted in which homosexuals are allowed to remain in the ranks as long as they keep their lifestyle to themselves.
Thompson, however, said Obama, “supported by a multi-million dollar campaign by national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender advocacy groups,” is expected to alter the policy soon.
“Repeal of this law would do immense and irreversible damage to the war-fighting capability of our armed forces,” Thompson said “Once the law is repealed, LGBT operatives will infiltrate the military, and backed by a brigade of ACLU lawyers, will push the homosexual agenda to the point of paralyzing the primary purpose of the military – winning wars.
“Because of ‘zero tolerance’ for anyone who disagrees with the repeal, thousands of current military personnel, especially those in the mid-career ranks, will leave,” he said.
He pointed out that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” identifier actually is wrong.
The 1993 federal statute at issue, debated and adopted by Congress, states that homosexuals are not eligible to serve in the military. The law was overwhelming passed by bipartisan, veto-proof majorities in both houses, after extensive hearings and debate.
The legislation had been sparked by overwhelming public opposition to President Clinton’s attempt to lift the ban on homosexuals in the military as a political favor to the homosexual groups that supported his election bid.
Congress at that time affirmed there is no constitutional right to serve in the military, military life is fundamentally unlike civilian life, the ban on homosexual conduct is long-standing in military law, and the presence of homosexuals would “create an unacceptable risk” to the military.
The practice later was adopted that if homosexuals weren’t promoting their lifestyle, their personal choices would be ignored.
Now as advocacy groups that supported Obama in 2008 demand payback, more than 1,150 distinguished retired flag and general officers, including 51 four-star generals and admirals, are urging the retention of the ban.
Thomas More said the officers cited the impact on “morale, discipline, unit cohesion and overall readiness.”
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. has told Congress he has “serious concerns” over the proposal to allow open homosexual conduct in the military.
“We just don’t know the impacts on readiness and military effectiveness,” he said earlier this year.
Thompson said, “Military men and women, our sons and daughters, should not be subjected to an involuntary social experiment which will damage our national security.”
WND reported earlier when another team of top-drawer civil and religious rights lawyers accused Obama of establishing a religion for the U.S. military through his demand to promote open homosexuality in the ranks.
“If chaplains with beliefs that contradict the proposed policy are kept from roles that are likely to generate conflict – like preaching or counseling – then they, the faith groups they represent, and the soldiers whose religious beliefs they serve will all be marginalized,” a recent letter from the Alliance Defense Fund to Obama said.
“The military would effectively establish preferred religions or religious beliefs,” the letter said. “That is a constitutional offense that carries a very pragmatic consequence: just what will happen to recruiting efforts if Christians become second-class soldiers, sailors, airmen, or Marines.”
According to Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness, Obama already has ordered the Pentagon to promote his “gays-in-the-military” cause.
WND previously reported a new policy for civilian teachers in schools serving Department of Defense families will allow homosexual duos to be considered for transfers just like married couples.
According to documents posted online by the Federal Education Association, a union representing the teachers, a memorandum of understanding over teachers and their employment has been amended.
The change adopted for the 2010-2011 school year will “include acceptance of requests for joint assignments from DoDEA employees who affirm in accordance with this amendment that they are in a domestic partnership.”
“The parties further agree that if DoDEA employees are in a legally recognized same-sex marriage or civil union, then these DoDEA employees will be eligible to participate in the Transfer Program,” the agreement said