Tuesday, December 21, 2010
America’s military isn’t going ‘gay’ quite yet.
While President Obama plans this week to sign the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy banning open homosexuality in the military, the policy must remain in force until the president, the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff can certify that the change will not impair combat readiness.
Before that happens the military must rewrite laws and regulations that could affect same-sex relationships, such as the Uniform Code of Military Justice ban on sodomy, and also indoctrinate soldiers, sailors and airmen to tolerate open homosexuality. The transition period is expected to take a year.
“It’s important for people to know that this is not over,” said Robert Knight, a leading opponent of the homosexual political agenda. “There are no permanent victories or defeats in politics. And this can be reversed at some point, in a more conservative Congress.”
“Congress will have to legalize consensual sodomy, which is currently illegal under the UCMJ,” said retired Army Col. Dick Black, former chief of the Army’s Criminal Law Division and a Virginia state legislator. “There’s a backlash brewing. This is a very serious issue for a lot of people. We’re entering the presidential season, and if there’s a candidate who says he will issue an executive order to ban homosexuality in the military, a lot of people would be very fired up about that.”