Paul  Weyrich

Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military Readiness, believes that the movement against open homosexual service has become lethargic and unless it comes to life the policy will be repealed. She said that law has been challenged in court many times and the courts found it to be constitutional. Donnelly says that the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender), the Human Rights Campaign, the ACLU and the SLDN (Service-members Legal Defense Network) are pushing for repeal of the law through the courts, the media, Congress and the Presidential campaign.

Absent the 1993 statute the next Administration would order the Armed Forces to accommodate professed homosexuals. Military leaders would have to follow the "civil rights model" to make programs work. There would be mandatory sensitivity training to enforce acceptance and equal housing and social standing for same-sex couples. Since the military cannot do things half way, anyone who resists the program could be accused of harassment or punished, with denial of promotions.

The left believes that this is an idea whose time has come. Given the progress the left is making regarding same-sex marriages, the left may be correct. A disorganized, demoralized pro-family community (with some exceptions) may not have the stamina for this battle. How that battle turns out will have a lot to do with what happens in California this November. If the 4-to-3 State Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage is overturned by the voters, it will be a shot in the arm to the pro-family movement. If, on the other hand, the effort to overturn that decision is defeated, and current polls suggest that such an outcome is entirely possible, then the pro-family movement will be further demoralized and likely will be unable to block repeal of the 1993 statute.

Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
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