AFA of PA ACTION ALERT
April 6, 2011
Issues (check corresponding number in ‘Details’ and ‘Action’ Sections)
1.) House Armed Services Committee Hearing
2.) Does Your Municipality or County Have an “Anti-Discrimination” Ordinance?
1.) Tomorrow April 7th the full House Armed Services Committee will be meeting. Homosexual activists are still not happy even with allowing homosexuals into the military. In fact, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network has called on President Obama to issue an executive order with protections both on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. This is to ensure homosexual service members have “legal recourse” if, after repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” they feel they’ve experienced discrimination in the U.S. military.” Following last Friday’s subcommittee hearing, Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, told the Washington Blade he believed training for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” could be accelerated and should be concluded by May 1. It appears they are desperate to get the repeal implemented before steps can be taken to slow or stop it. Here’s more from Robert Knight. Just last week South Korea upheld its ban on homosexuals in the military. The week before that the Dutch Ministry of Defense gave its stamp of approval for all uniformed military personnel who want to participate in the Canal Pride Parade to do so.
2.) If your county or municipality has passed an “anti-discrimination’ ordinance with ‘sexual orientation’ language, then you need to read this article to see how the definition of ‘sexual orientation’ may change in the near future!
1.) On Thursday, April 7th at 1:00 p.m. in Room 2118 of the Rayburn Office Building, the House Armed Services Committee will hold a full hearing. Pennsylvania has four members on that Committee – Congressmen Robert Brady, Mark Critz, Todd Russell Platts and Bill Shuster. Brady and Platts voted for repeal in December; Critz and Shuster voted ‘no’ on repeal. Feel free to contact all four or just contact Congressmen Mark Critz and Bill Shuster. Following is a sample e-mail, feel free to copy and paste it into the Congressman’s e-mail. For additional contact information, click here.
Our military need your help! Please attend the House Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, April 7th at 1:00 p.m. in Room 2118 of the Rayburn Office Building. Please ask tough questions! Here are a few examples:
a.) Will revised Defense Department policies barring discrimination against sexual minorities permit any exceptions, i.e., for transgendered persons, transvestites, etc.? Please provide the rationale for any exceptions.
b.) What is the rationale for drawing distinctions between a) Required housing of professed LGBT personnel in deployed military living facilities offering little or no privacy, and b) A similar policy housing heterosexual male and female personnel together in deployed living facilities offering little or no privacy?
c.) If an LGBT person files charges against a local commander who makes adjustments that respect the feelings of the majority, which side will the Defense Department support?
d.) Will plans/regulations forbid or punish physical approaches (short of touching, threats, or abuse) that convey an LGBT sexual message; i.e., behavior comparable to that which constitutes a “hostile work environment” for women in the presence of men? (For example, verbal statements or approaches that heighten sexual tension, comments stated in jest that involve sexual topics, sexually suggestive nicknames and call signs, off-color slang or derogatory words, teasing that conveys an unwelcome sexual message, etc.)
e.) What type of training and education will be required for family members and children in DoD family support programs, schools, and child care centers?
2.) If your municipality does have or is considering a so-called anti-discrimination ordinance with sexual orientation language, please share this article with your local commissioners and remind them that they have opened the door to the inclusion of pedophilia, sadomasochism and other sexual orientations in the definition contained in the ordinance.