The United States Army has appointed its first-ever butch lesbian army general. The appointment follows the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ which prohibited homosexuals from being open about their “sexual orientation” in the military.
Tammy Smith, 49, was promoted to general status last Friday at a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Her lesbian partner, homosexual activist Tracey Hepner, awarded her with one of the stars, and her father presented the other.
Smith reportedly “married” Hepner in March 2011. Hepner serves as the co-founder of the Military Partners and Families Coalition, which “provides support, resources, education and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military partners and their families.”
“MPFC wishes to send our sincerest gratitude and congratulations to Army Brigadier General Tammy Smith and her wife and MPFC co-founder Tracey Hepner,” the organization posted on its website yesterday. “On August 10th, 2012, Tammy Smith became the first openly gay general of the United States Army. This occasion marks a significant milestone in the post-DADT era that will not soon be forgotten.”
“While we all enjoy this monumental moment, Tammy and Tracey are undoubtedly already wholly focused on their future and the next mission,” the site continues.
Smith, who has served in the Army for 26 years, will now be stationed at the Army Reserve in Washington, D.C.
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was officially repealed in September of last year after it was overturned by both houses of Congress in 2010.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 Representative 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 on the matter.
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.”
Since the repeal, a number of homosexual events have taken place on military bases, including a homosexual pride event at the Pentagon on June 26th, and a lesbian commitment ceremony in Louisiana last month.
However, historic documents 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.”