Top military officers say: "Keep law banning homosexuals"

With increasing buzz from the Obama administration and from the Democrat-controlled Congress about overturning Bill Clinton's interpretation of the 1993 law banning open homosexuals from serving in the military, over 1,000 military officers, including top flag rank officers, are urging President Barack Obama and the Congress to maintain the law that bars homosexuals from serving openly in the armed forces.

President Clinton, as one of his first acts as president, tried to overturn the law banning open homosexuals from serving in the military. After one of the largest grass-roots uproars of all time, the Democrat-controlled Congress in 1993 passed a law reaffirming the long-held view that open homosexuals should not serve in the military.

That is when Clinton contravented the law passed by Congress and adopted his "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" administrative rules which the homosexual lobby opposed and groups such as the Center for Military Readiness opposed for different reasons.

It's president, Elaine Donnelly -- who, along with Admiral Thomas Moore, led the effort to oppose Bill Clinton's policy in 1993 -- was responsible for gathering the signatures of the 1,000 military officers opposing Obama's latest social policy encroachment on the military.

In their letter to President Obama and Congress, these 1,000 military officers said that passage of a bill -- which has already introduced in Congress -- allowing open homosexuals to serve in the military "would undermine recruiting and retention, impact leadership at all levels, have adverse effects on the willingness of parents who lend their sons and daughters to military service, and eventually break the All-Volunteer Force." Indeed, if the law was to pass, up to 25% of military personnel said they would quit the military or would consider resigning, including over 10% who would definitely quit the military over Obama's change in policy according to a recent poll.

The officers also said that they strongly supported the principle that "homosexuality is incompatible with military service" and warned that "unit cohesion" and lowered morale would be the result of the passage of such a law by the Democrats in Congress. Former commandant of the Marine Corps, General Carl E. Mundy, Jr,, according to the Associated Press, said that he believed that a "large segment" of currently serving officers shared the views expressed in the statement signed by the 1,000 military officers.

General Mundy said: "We just see a great many downsides to attempting to enforce on the military something I don't know is widely accepted in American society." Joining General Mundy in signing the letter to Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress were other top-ranking military officers such as: Admiral Leighton W. Smith, a former commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Europe, General Charles A. Horner, who commanded U.S. aerial forces during the 1990-1991 Gulf War, and Admiral Jerome L. Johnson, a former vice chief of Naval Operations.

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