Thursday, May 03, 2007
John McCain calls open gays an unacceptable threat to military good order and discipline
To quote Senator John McCain:
"I believe polarization of personnel and breakdown of unit effectiveness is too high a price to pay for well-intentioned but misguided efforts to elevate the interests of a minority of homosexual service members above those of their units. Most importantly, the national security of the United States, not to mention the lives of our men and women in uniform, are put at grave risk by policies detrimental to the good order and discipline which so distinguish America’s Armed Services." McCain who voted in favor of the notorious "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law (the Defense Appropriations Act) in 1993. He added, "I remain opposed to the open expression of homosexuality in the U.S. military."
McCain wrote this in a letter to Service Members Legal Defense Network, where he also argued that the law "unambiguously maintains that open homosexuality within the military services presents an intolerable risk to morale, cohesion and discipline."
The SLDN posting is "Senator John McCain Defends 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Calls Gay Troops an 'Intolerable Risk'