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March 3rd, 2010 By | News | Posted In: LGBT Issues, Protests, President Obama, Human Rights

CCV All Aflutter About DADT Repeal

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A notorious ultra-right Sharonville group is urging its followers to write their Congressional representatives and let them know they oppose the repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

Citizens for Community Values (CCV) recently sent a mass e-mail to its supporters issuing a call to action about a possible DADT repeal proposed by President Obama. CCV specifically is pushing to gather opposition to House Resolution 1283, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Penn.), which would abolish the policy and retroactively restore those discharged under the policy since its implementation in 1993.

“Please urge them to stand against H.R. 1283 and prevent the undermining of our Armed Forces through the social agenda of the homosexual rights lobby,” CCV’s e-mail states.

Without citing a source, CCV claims up to 10 percent of those currently enlisted in the Armed Forces would leave if DADT is repealed.

“Obama, who has made repeated campaign promises to homosexual rights organizations which backed his candidacy, announced in his recent State of the Union address the goal of ending the DADT, and to push to require Congress to come up with a plan to replace the current policy,” the e-mail continues.

“To ensure that this ‘quid pro quo’ effort is not successful, our Congressional representatives need to hear loud and clear that the public stands in support of our military and doesn’t want the safety and mission of our heroes in uniform endangered by turning such a reckless campaign promise into policy,” it concludes.

CCV’s exhortation doesn’t mention that the policy repeal is supported by several prominent current and former military officers including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen and Army Gen. Colin Powell (ret.), an ex-U.S. Secretary of State, as well as former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Shortly after testifying about a repeal before Congress last month, Mullen tweeted, “Stand by what I said: Allowing homosexuals to serve openly is the right thing to do. Comes down to integrity.”

Repeal supporters note that many of the same arguments against abolishing DADT, like how it would harm “unit cohesion,” were the same claims made about racially integrating the Armed Forces in the late 1940s.

We wonder what the opinions of CCV’s Phil Burress and David Miller would’ve been about allowing black and white soldiers to serve together had they been around back in 1948?


 
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