A conservative military watchdog is disappointed that the Defense Department is going to conduct a study on the feasibility of lifting the ban on homosexuals serving in the military.
During last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama urged Congress to repeal the 1993 law known as Section 654, Title 10, which strictly prohibits homosexuals from serving in the military. In response, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that he is launching a landmark study on how the military would lift its ban on homosexual service members.
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, is disappointed that Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that lifting the ban is “the right thing to do.”
“It’s very disappointing to see the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff admitting in this open hearing that he really did not know how repeal of the law would work, but he has an opinion in favor of it anyway,” Donnelly comments.
She adds that she does not know if the study is ultimately going to be a rubber stamp for repealing the law. “I think the statements made by Admiral Mullen give the impression that he expects it to have only one conclusion,” she notes. “Another very disappointing element of this hearing, it was said several times not if the law should be repealed but what we should do when it is repealed.”
The Center for Military Readiness president says she is glad that committee member Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) announced during Tuesday’s session that he was “deeply disappointed,” and that he called the assessment “clearly biased” because it presumes the law should be changed.