A conservative pro-military group is defending a statement it issued, and which was signed by more than 1,000 retired generals and admirals, in support of a 1993 federal law that says it is illegal for homosexuals or bisexuals to serve in the U.S. military.
-- From "Homosexual Group Attacks Statement Signed by Generals, Admirals Opposed to Homosexuals Serving in Military" by Fred Lucas, CNSNews.com Staff Writer 3/15/10
The homosexual group Servicemembers United says that some of the officers who signed the statement were involved in controversies and that most of them are older. The group also claims that some unnamed generals were surprised to find their names on the statement, although Servicemembers United has not identified these generals.
The Center for Military Readiness (CMR), which issued the statement and gathered the 1,164 signatures, said that the homosexual group’s claims were faulty.
The DADT [Don't Ask, Don't Tell] policy is different than the 1993 federal law which the statement concerns.
The DADT is a 1993 directive in the Defense Department regulations that says, in part, “Commanders or appointed inquiry officials shall not ask, and members shall not be required to reveal, whether a member is a heterosexual, a homosexual, or a bisexual.”
The 1993 federal statute, which President Bill Clinton signed into law, says that homosexuals or bisexuals cannot serve in the U.S. military, and that 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.”
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