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Elaine Donnelly Steps Up Crusade Against Gays in the Military

Elaine Donnelly of the anti-gay Center for Military Readiness (you may remember reading about her testimony at last July's hearings before the House Armed Services Committee) has rounded up a group of 1,000 anti-gay retired military officers to get behind her bigoted crusade.

Donnelly The AP reports: "A statement issued by the retired officers Tuesday said passage of that bill '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.' Among the signatories were Gen. Carl E. Mundy, Jr., a former commandant of the Marine Corps; Adm. Leighton W. Smith, a former commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe; Gen. Charles A. Horner, who commanded U.S. aerial forces during the 1990-91 Gulf War; and Adm. Jerome L. Johnson, a former vice chief of Naval Operations. The retired officers said they strongly supported the principle that 'homosexuality is incompatible with military service' and warned that repeal of current law could jeopardize morale and 'unit cohesion.'"

Both Servicemember's Legal Defense Fund (SLDN) executive director Aubrey Sarvis and Unfriendly Fire author Nathaniel Frank criticized Donnelly.

Said Sarvis: "The signers of this petition are mired in the fears and politics of the past. More than 75 percent of the American public, including most younger service members as well as many active duty flag officers, realize the question is not if 'don't ask, don't tell' is repealed, but when and how."

You may remember Donnelly held a secret strategy meeting last October in Washington DC with Veterans Service Organizations which was busted by PFLAG after they intercepted a letter from Donnelly to the VSOs. It appears this is what has come of that meeting.

PFLAG's Steve Ralls wrote then in the Huffington Post: "Thursday's briefing in Washington is a last-minute, last-ditch effort by Donnelly to try and curry some small measure of influence on Capitol Hill. To do so, she is likely to give VSO leaders misinformation, as she has done with the press and the public, in order to mislead them on the issue and attempt to win them over to her side. As polls of military personnel show that young service members and veterans are overwhelmingly comfortable and ready to serve with gay colleagues, she is attempting to reach out to the older, more conservative VSO membership to try and rally support for her cause."

Watch former Army officer Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Penn) grill and chastise Donnelly at the hearings last July, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. This isn’t now–and never was–about the ability of gays and lesbians to serve. This is about the bigotry of a few. America has never been about dropping to the lowest common denominator (in this case the bigot who won’t protect their country if they have to be exposed to people they know are gay), and we shouldn’t pander to them now. If someone is so afraid of gays and lesbians, maybe they should find a different career. I promise you it won’t make our armed forces weaker to lose this handful of bigots.

    More of my thoughts on DADT and Donnelly are at

    Posted by: Nick | Apr 1, 2009 12:40:47 PM

  2. JESUS CHRIST! Don't waste your time flaming Donnelly! Here's THE most important address for doing something to offset the propaganda atomic bomb that just dropped on us:

    Use it to write the Commander-in-Chief and DEMAND that he PUBLICLY denounce their letter [which otherwise Congress will use to camouflage their homophobia] and KEEP his PROMISE to work for the repeal DADT!

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Apr 1, 2009 4:01:46 PM

  3. @ Phillip: Thanks for doing the research I didn't want to do. Big surprise! This bitch has no business addressing this topic. Who in the hell gives people like this access to give Congressional testimony? She's got no military background and can't be seen as an expert in anything except anti-gay bigotry. It makes no sense! Start a craftily named "Center" or "Association" or "Organization" and you suddenly have credibility? This is a major part of what's wrong with America.

    Posted by: So Left I'm Right | Apr 3, 2009 7:01:57 PM

  4. Keep in mind that all these homophobes are a part of the religious right. That's where all this hatred comes from and will continue to come from until somebody steps on them once and for all. The U.S. military has become a hot-bed of evangelical militancy. The religious right has caused much dissension in the ranks in the past ten years with their overt proselytizing. Their goal has been to "evangelize" the military and they are succeeding, unfortunately. My neighbor's son had planned to make a career out of the military, but grew tired of the constant badgering by the "military missionaries" about whether or not Jesus Christ is his "personal lord and saviour" and the "commander" of his life. There's danger there, folks.

    Posted by: mike | Apr 10, 2009 2:03:35 PM

  5. Really? Bigotry? Allowing gays in the military will affect me and all my fellow soldiers. We don't want you or any homo tendencies around us in combat or out in the field. There is enough guy on guy rape without bring in you homos. Prepare for a beating.

    Posted by: fred | Dec 22, 2010 5:32:25 PM

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