WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Obama administration marked another historic first on Tuesday by holding the Pentagon’s first-ever celebration of “gay pride” month, which included a presentation from a homosexual who said “being gay…is about life.”
President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta addressed the precedent-setting event through recorded messages.
“I’ve often said that the genius of America is that America can change,” Obama said. “We can pass laws to right wrongs...But here’s the thing: change never happens alone.”
Panetta hailed diversity as the military’s source of strength. “During Pride Month, and every month, let us celebrate our rich diversity and renew our enduring commitment to equality for all,” he stated.
Brenda “Sue” Felton, who introduced her “wife” from stage, said being homosexual “isn’t about sex; is about life.” Felton said same-sex couples have to make choices like “deciding whether to have kids.”
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Top Defense Department lawyer Jeh Johnson boasted of the administration’s dismantling of the previous policy, saying, “We had the overwhelming sense that with proper education and leadership, the military could be ready for this change.”
Major General Richard Mills revealed last February that U.S. troops facing heavy combat in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan would receive “extensive” pro-homosexual training via teleconference. New military training materials teach “[t]here is nothing wrong with ‘hanging around’ a gay bar,” and that soldiers should equate homosexual acts with heterosexual ones, the Associated Press reports.
Although Johnson said the military handled the transition “better than we anticipated,” several of those at the celebration noted that no uniformed leader of any branch of service, nor their staff members, were present at the event.
A soldier who wished to remain anonymous groused, “Nobody would be required to come to this thing.” The officer said military brass were conducting “a silent protest of sorts…Nobody from the services’ senior staff? No one?”
This spurred those present to push homosexual recruits to advocate harder yet. Retired JAG Michael Tanner encouraged the estimated 400 attendees to be as openly homosexual as possible, “Because we have straight allies, colleagues, and friends who support us.”
President Obama signed a bill in December 2010 repealing the Clinton-era “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which allowed homosexuals to serve for the first time in the military. Panetta signed off on the changes in July 2011, and the policy officially ended that September.
Pentagon brass have told enlistees who oppose serving with homosexuals they cannot resign their posts over the policy change. Enforcing the new standards, Obama’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen reportedly told a chaplain who objected to performing a same-sex wedding, “if you can’t get in line with this policy, resign your commission.”
No change appears on the horizon under either party.
Last week, the Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Howard “Buck” McKeon of California, said he would not attempt to reverse allowing open homosexuals to serve in the military even if he faced a Republican president and a GOP-controlled Senate. “We fought that fight,” he said. Instead, he would seek to increase the budget for “the things that our war-fighters need.”
Some prominent Republicans supported repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Nevertheless the ban was favored by 60 percent of combat troops.