Attached to this year’s Defense Authorization Bill was a backdoor attempt to repeal the military’s longstanding ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy that prevents open homosexuality in the armed forces. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor were instrumental in blocking its repeal.
Joining Senate Republicans, our two Democratic senators voted against cloture (i.e. moving forward) on the defense bill, which had the DADT repeal attached to it. 60 votes were needed to proceed with voting on the actual legislation, however, the vote was 56-43—four votes short.
Senators Lincoln and Pryor should be thanked; amidst what I’m sure was intense pressure, they stood firm on common-sense and chose to keep a policy that has served our military well for years. You can read more about this in a story published yesterday by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette by clicking here.
Family Council stands against repealing DADT for two primary reasons:
1) Lifting this policy would only create disunity in the military by putting the desire of a small few (the gay community) over the military’s need to function as a unified force.
2) Lifting this policy would lower the military’s standards of conduct—which are in place for a good reason—on behalf of a radical political agenda.
As ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ simply states: “The presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.” This is a good policy, and overturning it would not do our troops any favors.
To thank Senators Lincoln and Pryor for their vote to protect our military, here is their contact information:
Senator Blanche Lincoln
D.C. Office: 202-224-4843
Little Rock Office: 501-375-2993
Senator Mark Pryor
D.C. Office: (202) 228-0908
Little Rock Office: 501-324-5320