Despite the problems this social experiment will bring to our Armed Forces while we are at war, the issue for our country is much broader. Disguising it as a military service issue or a marriage issue only masks the basic question Americans must answer. Is homosexuality a normal behavior and should homosexuals therefore become a class protected by law?
Anyone who opposes repealing don’t ask, don’t tell is generally labeled a bigot (one who is intolerant of others and their views) by the moral relativists and supporters of open service by homosexuals. If I reject the behavior of a criminal who happens to be of a race different from mine, does that make me a bigot? Criminal behavior is abnormal and rejection of it does not make me a bigot. It is the behavior I reject not the person. If I reject homosexual behavior, it is the unnatural and abnormal sexual behavior that I reject, not the person. The same as I reject pedophilia and NAMBLA.
Military service is a piece of the issue, but only to the extent that it moves the society closer to accepting this behavior than would any other institution including marriage. Soldiers do not care who serves in the Armed Forces. What they care about is that the people who do serve alongside them are of good character, are competent and are willing to fulfill their duties without being a distraction or causing a distraction that could lead to mission failure and cost lives. Individual Soldiers probably do not care if homosexuals serve openly in the Armed Forces although it will create new and unnecessary problems and distractions for the leadership; like resolving the inevitable discrimination issues raised by the newest protected class, which they most assuredly will be. Military leaders have enough important matters on which to focus their attention. Adding another social engineering distraction atop those already in place will not help them or make them better at performing their primary leadership functions. But, repealing don’t ask, don’t tell is not about homosexuals openly serving in the Armed Forces just as homosexual marriage is not about marriage. It is about societal normalization of an abnormal and unnatural behavior – making acceptable a behavior that much of society views as unacceptable and even abhorrent. Military service, like marriage, is only a link advocates hope to add to the acceptance chain albeit a significant one – maybe the one.
Our country’s Armed Forces is one of our nation’s most trusted institutions. That means that the American citizenry is confident that the military will do what they are charged to do and do it professionally. Most Americans also perceive that don’t ask, don’t tell is a military policy instead of law passed by Congress to which the military must abide. Under the law, the military cannot ask (don’t ask) a Soldier or potential Soldier what their sexual orientation is. Also, once someone is a serving member of the military he or she cannot openly declare or practice (don’t tell) their homosexuality. The expectation is that like everyone else in society, except for maybe prostitutes and pornography stars, they are expected to keep their sex lives private.
I have listened to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the Secretary of Defense supporting open homosexual service. I do not support their positions, but we should expect the Chairman and Secretary who were appointed by to the President to support the President’s views. I have no reason to believe the views they express are dishonest. Men of integrity, as the Chairman proclaims to be, and of personal courage would not openly support a view with which they disagree. Would they?
Homosexuals openly serving in the military will kick the door wide open to societal acceptance of homosexual behavior as a norm. Homosexual partners will become military dependents, entitled to all of the benefits associated with being a military family member. Homosexual marriage will no longer be an issue. Repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell will make it a non issue. How could it be otherwise? One of our nation’s most trusted institutions does not do anything with half-steps. Using the same energy with which Equal Opportunity and Equal Rights laws and policies are supported and enforced (as they should be), the military will be the leader in bringing us Gay Culture and Gay History Month celebrations and gay affirmative action. There is no sarcasm in that statement. The military will lead the way toward making homosexual behavior normal and acceptable to the greater society and will be pointed toward as the example of how homosexuality should be accepted by everyone. The society, which holds its military in high esteem, will follow their lead.
Once homosexuality is normalized and accepted, what becomes of the arguments against other abnormal sexual behavior? What logical argument could you then make against any other sexual perversion?
The cornerstone of society is the family unit consisting of a male father, a female mother and their children. A society cannot logically accept homosexuality as normal and maintain that cornerstone.
So the question for Americans to resolve is not whether homosexuals may be allowed to openly serve in the Armed Forces or if they should be allowed to marry. The question to resolve is whether Americans want to accept homosexuality as a normal behavior and create from that acceptance another protected class.