While details are still developing, it is reported that the June 26th gathering will feature Jeh Johnson, one of the pentagon’s chief lawyers, and will include a panel discussion about diversity in the military.
The event is stated to be the direct result of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Prior to the repeal, while homosexuals could serve in the military, they were prohibited from engaging in open homosexual behavior, and their fellow soldiers could not inquire about their sexuality. Historic documents also outline that homosexuality has been sharply proscribed in the military since the nation’s founding.
In 1778, General George Washington ordered Lieutenant Frederick Gotthold Enslin to be drummed out of the camp for “attempting to commit sodomy” with a male soldier. His March 14th proclamation stated, “His Excellency, the Commander in Chief, approves the sentence, and with abhorrence and detestation of such infamous crimes, orders Lieut. Enslin to be drummed out of camp tomorrow morning by all the drummers and fifers in the Army never to return; the drummers and fifers to attend on the Grand Parade at guard mounting for that purpose.”
On Friday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta released a video praising the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and vowing to further promote homosexuality in the nation’s armed forces. According to reports, the upcoming pride event at the Pentagon was Panetta’s idea.
“Now that we’ve repealed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ he feels it’s important to find a way this month to recognize the service and professionalism of gay and lesbian troops,” explained Navy Captain John Kirby.
“As secretary of defense, I’m very proud with how we implemented repeal,” Panetta stated. “Going forward, I remain committed to removing as many barriers as possible to make America’s military a model of equal opportunity.”
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was officially repealed in September of last year after it was overturned by both houses of Congress in 2010. One of the most prominent congressmen that voted for the repeal was Senator Ron Paul of Texas.
“It isn’t the issue of homosexuality, it’s the concept and understanding of individual human rights,” Paul stated at a 2008 presidential debate when asked to outline his position.
Paul also explained to Iowa State Daily last year, “The government has no business in your private life, you know, so if one person is allowed to do something, so should everyone else. The whole gay marriage issue is a private affair, and the federal government has no say.”
Homosexual “marriage” appears to be the next target in the military following the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Because the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is in place, homosexual unions — including in the armed forces — cannot be recognized as marriages, since the law defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. A section of the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill, which is currently being considered by Congress, seeks to prevent homosexual ceremonies from taking place on military bases. It also provides a conscience clause that protects chaplains who do not want to perform same-sex ceremonies because of their Christian beliefs.
“Allowing open homosexuality in the armed forces had nothing to do with enhancing the combat effectiveness of our military, and everything to do with pandering to the homosexual lobby,” writes the Save America Foundation in an article entitled George Washington Turning Over in His Grave as Pentagon Celebrates Sodomy. “Since the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, homosexual activists have accelerated advances of their homosexual agenda within the armed forces, including recognition of gay marriages, performance of marriages in military chapels, and gay pride celebrations at U.S military academies.”
Senior Defense Department officials are expected to attend the homosexual pride event at the Pentagon on the 26th.