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“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”: How a Repeal of the Law Would Affect Our Troops
By Lindsey Douthit
July 16, 2010
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Amidst the flurry of efforts to impose their agenda on fellow Americans, homosexual activists have set their sights on one of the most important strongholds in the battle: the U.S. military.


Serving in the military is a privilege and an honor, not a right.  If someone has poor eyesight or cannot pass a physical fitness exam, they are not allowed to serve in the armed forces, no matter how badly that individual might want to be in the military.  Strict standards and, quite necessarily, the discrimination against/rejection of those who cannot meet those standards, keep the military strong and ready to protect the country from both domestic and foreign threats.


The battle over whether or not homosexuals should be allowed to serve openly in the military was also fought back in 1993.  The law does not allow service members to serve openly, and activists challenged this during the Clinton years in the same way they are challenging the law now.  The “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” compromise policy was put into place after numerous congressional hearings were held and it was determined that allowing homosexuals to serve openly would negatively affect military readiness.  The law itself never changed.  The radical left now wish to repeal the law.  “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is a way to ensure the military never finds out if a service member or potential service member has chosen to practice homosexuality and thus can avoid having to enforce the law.


For the CWA Project 535 lobby day in April 2010, members who traveled to D.C. tackled the issue of efforts to repeal the 1993 law and represented many like-minded Americans around the country who do not want to see the homosexual agenda imposed on our military.  The Armed Forces should be focused on winning wars and protecting the nation, not on being “politically correct.”  Our 535 volunteers met with various congressmen on the House Armed Services Committee to discuss attempts by homosexual activists to force their social agenda on the military and to represent the “other side” of the argument.


The battle over this policy is important not only for those serving our country in uniform, but also in a broader cultural sense.  Activists know that if they can manipulate a policy change to force homosexuality into the military, it will raise issues that will lead to the ultimate goal — overturning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  To impose homosexuality on the military will inevitably lead to the question of same-sex partner benefits.  Under current law, spouses receive benefits, and because federal legislation (DOMA) defines marriage as between one man and one woman, the military could be used as a tool to undermine the institution of marriage.


CWA members were met with a range of responses in congressional offices, from openness and agreement to outright hostility.  The meetings revealed that the arguments Congress is hearing in favor of overturning the law are based purely on emotion.  The CWA volunteers heard no respect for or understanding of how repealing the policy would affect military readiness, the lives of soldiers who function in close proximity to one another, family wellness, and the federal issue of the Defense of Marriage Act.  Our 535 teams were able to dispel the emotion with reasonable, thoughtful presentations that addressed these key concerns.


Exactly one month after CWA members met with congressional offices to express their concerns about socially experimenting with our military, on May 27, 2010, the House of Representatives voted 234-194 to repeal the 1993 law.  Twenty-six (26) Democrats broke ranks with their leadership to vote against the repeal while five Republicans voted for it.  Meanwhile, in the Senate, the Armed Services Committee voted 16-12 to pass the repeal. 


The amendment to repeal the law, if passed by both chambers of Congress, will take effect after the Pentagon concludes its study of the possible impact on readiness and military effectiveness.  Tthat’s right, Congress voted to pass the repeal even before the military had a chance to study how such action would affect our troops.  The House and the Senate committee held their votes knowing full well the report would come out by year’s end and in defiance of a letter from the heads of every branch of the military urging that the politicians wait to see the result of the Pentagon study.  


The battle for our military is still being fought, and you can help.  If conservatives do not speak up on this issue, the left will claim that they were not “aware” of our concerns.  Join CWA in fighting for those who fight for us.  Let’s tell Congress that not all Americans support our military being used as a social experiment to achieve the eradication of traditional marriage laws.  We’ve even made it easy for you.  Please visit our Stop Harming Our Troops (S.H.O.T.) Web page at



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