It had to happen. CNN (Ted Kopan) is reporting that Ben Carson’s campaign chairman Robert Dees is criticizing the “social engineering” that allowed gays to serve openly in the military (and now transgender troops), and allows women to take on all combat roles when individually qualified.
Intuitively, it would seem there is a practical danger that some GOP candidates could try to gain political capital by bringing up the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” or the more recent steps for transgender troops. I would hate to see this lead to more partisanship (and the resulting lack of intellectual honestly) in the actions of gay leadership in calling, for example, for support and contributions.
Jimmy Kimmel even mentioned these remarks in his show Jan. 5.