For Immediate Release: September 20, 2012
Contact: Diane Gramley 1.814.271.9078 or 1.814.437.5355
Negative Impact Felt One Year After Lifting Ban on Homosexuals in Military
(Harrisburg) — Today marks one year since Congress lifted the ban on homosexuals in the military — a ban which had stood since the beginning of this nation. Homosexual activists are, not surprisingly, claiming that no harm has been done; there has been no negative impact, they say. However, the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), takes a hard look at the facts and reaches a different conclusion.
“One year ago today, after basically putting our military through sensitivity training, the misnamed ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ law was repealed. According to an Inspector General’s Report, in December 2010 Congress based their decision to repeal the law on distortions and lies and the lies continue to be perpetuated throughout this past year. Homosexual soldiers have been given special treatment and chaplains and other military personnel with deeply held religious beliefs that engaging in homosexual acts is sinful have been attacked, threatened with disciplinary action and silenced,” commented Diane Gramley, president of the AFA of PA.
1.) Military personnel were permitted to march in the San Diego Gay Pride Parade in their uniforms
2.) The Department of Defense has denied chaplains and other military personnel who have expressed problems with the repeal the ability to speak openly about those problems.
3.) Two Airmen were publicly harassed in a Post Exchange food court as they were privately discussing their concerns about the impact of repeal.
4.) At an officer training service school, a male service member sexually harassed another male service member through text messages, emails, phone calls and in-person confrontations. The harassing male insisted the two would “make a great couple.” The harassed serviceman reported the harassment, but the command failed to take disciplinary action.
5.) The Department of Defense has issued a directive allowing chaplains to perform so-called same-sex marriage on military installations — a clear violation of the Defense of Marriage Act.
UCLA’s pro-homosexual Palm Center issued a report stating there had been no negative impact on military readiness from the repeal of DADT. However they buried on page 46 a January 2012 survey from the Military Times which says something quite different:
“Of 792 active-duty service members and mobilized reservists who completed the survey, 150 (18.9%) indicated that since DADT was repealed, someone in their units disclosed being gay or bisexual. Of those, 32 (21.3%) said that the disclosure had a negative impact on their units. In addition, 36 (4.5%) reported that since DADT was repealed, an openly gay or bisexual person joined their units. Of those, 12 (33.3%) said that the newcomer had a negative impact on their units.”
Since eight servicemembers reported harm from both circumstances (a homosexual “coming out” and one joining their unit), a total of 36 separate individuals reported such harm. That represents twenty percent of those who had a homosexual “come out” or join their unit. Twenty percent represents a significant risk of harm for the units involved—merely to advance the goals of the sexual revolution.
“In the past year harm has been done to military readiness and unit cohesion — but no one in the Department of Defense has enough courage to admit the truth for fear of offending homosexual activists. Our military, our national defense, the very existence of our nation is dependent upon a strong cohesive military, not one used for social experimentation,” Gramley noted.
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