The repeal of the ban, dubbed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', will now come into force in 60 days time, on September 20.Predictably, groups like the Alliance Defense Fund are flipping out and claiming that the religious liberties of heterosexual soldiers and officers are at risk because they can't discriminate against gay and lesbian soldiers and officers:
"Today, we have taken the final major step toward ending the discriminatory 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law that undermines our military readiness and violates American principles of fairness and equality," Mr Obama said in a statement.
He was speaking after signing a certification with Leon Panetta, the defence secretary, and Adm Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that the US military was ready to accept gay troops.
The ban was overturned in a law adopted in December that first required the top military officer, the defense secretary and the president to certify that the change would not harm military readiness and that the armed forces were ready to carry it out. In the interim, the Pentagon has drawn up new manuals and prepared the entire armed forces, some 2.3 million people who serve as both active troops and reservists, for the new policy.
Our troops’ religious liberties are in unprecedented jeopardy because the government has caved in to pressure from small groups of activists to impose homosexual and bisexual behavior on our military,” said Daniel Blomberg, ADF's litigation staff counsel.As if soldiers haven't been serving and fighting alongside gay and lesbian soldiers for nearly 20 years without violating their religious beliefs. As if chaplains haven't been placed in the position of serving all military personnel, even those who hold different religious beliefs than them. As if our US soldiers are so unpatriotic that they will not serve and protect their country if they also have to serve alongside uncloseted gay men and women.
Blomberg continues, "No Americans, and especially not our troops, should be forced to abandon their religious beliefs.”
As with all of these anti-gay culture war slippery slopes cry-a-thons, I predict that there will be a few isolated bumps once DADT officially ends. And then people will realize that gay and hets can serve alongside each other without the benefit of a closet door. Life will move on and thing will be fine.