Gay Military Ban Architects Admit Deception
California Representative Ellen Tauscher Ellen O'Kane Tauscher (born November 15 1951), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997, representing California's 10th congressional district (map). announced she would begin a renewed push to end the 16-year-old ban against gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military on Monday. Dr. Nathaniel Frank, senior research fellow at the Palm Center, joined her in making the announcement. Frank discussed his book on cable television last night where he alleges top military advisors invented their rational for keeping gays quiet in the military.
“Don't ask, don't tell” was implemented by Congress in 1993 and signed by President Bill Clinton. The law prescribes discharge as the remedy for gay service members who do not remain quiet about their sexuality or do not remain celibate cel·i·bate
1. One who abstains from sexual intercourse, especially by reason of religious vows.
2. One who is unmarried.
President Barack Obama pledged his support for repeal on the campaign trail, but since taking office has only spoken once on the issue. Last month, the 'Boston Globe' quoted Obama saying the administration would wait for a Pentagon assessment on the issue before moving forward. Gay rights activists who have made repeal a top priority were disheartened dis·heart·en
tr.v. dis·heart·ened, dis·heart·en·ing, dis·heart·ens
To shake or destroy the courage or resolution of; dispirit. See Synonyms at discourage. .
“We do not need another report to tell us what we already know and what earlier reports have long since concluded: The sexual orientation sexual orientation
The direction of one's sexual interest toward members of the same, opposite, or both sexes, especially a direction seen to be dictated by physiologic rather than sociologic forces. of a service member is irrelevant,” Aubrey Sarvis, president of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) is a non-profit legal services, watchdog, and policy organization in the United States. SLDN is dedicated to ending discrimination and harassment of gay and lesbian U.S. , a group that advocates for the repeal of the military's gay ban, wrote in a 'Huffington Post' column. “What is relevant is how well he or she does the job.”
But yesterday, after Tauscher introduced her Military Readiness Enhancement Act The Military Readiness Enhancement Act (H.R. 1246) is a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on February 28, 2007. Sponsored by Representative Marty Meehan (D-MA) with 136 cosponsors, the bill is currently in committee. , an Obama spokesman sounded a bit more upbeat.
“[Obama has] begun consulting closely with Secretary Gates and Chairman Mullen so that this change is done in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and national security,” White House Spokesman Tommy Vietor was quoted in 'The Associated Press'.
And last night, things got even more interesting when Frank went on MSNBC's 'Rachel Maddow Show' and said “don't ask” advisors now admit the policy was a deliberate deception based on no empirical evidence.
Frank, author of 'Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America', told openly lesbian Rachel Maddow Rachel Anne Maddow (born April 1, 1973) is an American radio personality and political analyst. She is the host of The Rachel Maddow Show on Air America Radio, which airs live on weekdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time. that military advisors to Clinton have admitted to the deception.
“They said it was based on nothing,” Frank told Maddow. “It was rooted in their own prejudices and fears. They even said they didn't know what sexual orientation meant.”
“Instead they crated this unit cohesion argument. Which is the idea that openly gay service will somehow undermine unit cohesion and that you have to force service members to lie in order to preserve unit cohesion. Instead of the other way around, that forcing people to lie actually has its own impact on unit cohesion.”
Frank agreed with Maddow's statement: “A key advisor to this panel admitted full-stop that the unit cohesion argument was completely made up out of whole cloth whole cloth
Pure fabrication or fiction: "He invented, almost out of whole cloth, what it means to be American" Ned Rorem. .”
Frank said he was “cautious” about Obama's announcement to review the law.
“Of course military leaders should be consulted,” Frank said. “But he should do it armed with the confidence that we now have the research showing that openly gay service doesn't have any negative impact on the military. And, in fact, the policy itself is what's causing us to lose soldiers and to force service members to lie to one another. And that's bad for unit cohesion.”
Opponents of repeal say open service would “sexualize sex·u·al·ize
tr.v. sex·u·al·ized, sex·u·al·iz·ing, sex·u·al·iz·es
To make sexual in character or quality: ” the military and often portray gay men and women as sexual predators who infiltrate infiltrate /in·fil·trate/ (in-fil´trat)
1. to penetrate the interstices of a tissue or substance.
2. the material or solution so deposited.
1. the military to have at its sexual bounty.