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Republican Lawmakers Rip Pentagon for Allowing Troops to March in Uniform in Gay Pride Parade

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Two senior Republicans on the House and Senate Armed Services committees are incensed that the Pentagon granted a special one-time dispensation to troops allowing them to march in uniform in the San Diego Gay Pride Parade, The Hill reports:

ForbesSaid Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) in a statement:

I am calling on the DoD to halt these dangerous exceptions to policy for political purposes. This decision was an outrageous and blatantly political determination issued solely to advance this Administration’s social agenda. Sadly, this is yet another violation in what has become a pattern of this Administration’s assault on the longstanding history of the Department of Defense as a nonpolitical organization.

Senator_inhofeRep. James Inhofe (R-OK) is also incensed and wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta:

"If the Navy can punish a chaplain for participating in a pro-life event or a Marine participating in a political rally, it stands to reason that DOD should maintain the same standard and preclude service members in uniform from marching in a gay-pride parade. I respectfully request a detailed explanation of the rationale you used to grant this ‘one-time waiver’ of DOD policy, who requested the waiver, why this waiver was considered justified over other requests, and whether you are considering other exceptions to current policy.”

Watch troops discuss what marching in uniform meant to them HERE.

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  1. Merci pour ce super blog.

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  2. STFU, GOPers. You lost the argument so get a life and stay out of ours. What a bunch of whining losers who contribute nothing - NOTHING - to the betterment of our country as members of Congress.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jul 25, 2012 8:22:51 AM


  3. It's not a political statement to have pride in your status. Do they screech if a soldier marches in a St. Patrick's Day parade?

    Posted by: cindy | Jul 25, 2012 9:31:59 AM


  4. No, because gay parades is ONLY about evil gays practically naked and fornicating on the streets IN FRONT OF CHILDREN!!! They simply can't have people realizing it is all kinds of gays, and certainly NOT the ones going against these archaic stereotypes.

    Must be a sad, pathetic life for these lowlife haters. Times are changing so fast. Far to fast for them to realize they have already lost. Almost feel sorry for them. But not really...

    Posted by: DeeperStill | Jul 25, 2012 10:30:27 AM


  5. Parades often have political themes. They may, for example, promote the passage of same-sex marriage legislation. That's why peeps in uniform have to be careful that they only participate in non-political events. Celebrating pride isn't a problem.

    Posted by: Bingo | Jul 25, 2012 10:43:05 AM


  6. These boneheads need to perform a simple excercise before they express their bigoted views. Examine the situation, and substitute the word "black" or "left-handed" for "gay."

    A chaplain with a pro-life view or a Marine's political view (or a religion informed bigotry) is making a statement about a CHOICE of OPINION. A gay person (like a black person or a left-handed person) has no choice regarding their orientation.

    Posted by: Jeff Kurtti | Jul 25, 2012 11:14:05 AM


  7. It was Inhofe that stated recently that He was so glad that we didn't have any of "them" in our family.

    This guy is a world class bigot.

    And how does he really know what goes on in his family member"s bedrooms.

    Posted by: Rob | Jul 25, 2012 11:38:09 AM


  8. Did either of these haters even serve in the military? They really need to keep their bigotry to themselves. They just end up sounding as stupid and idiotic as they look and probably are as subhumans.
    I watched my friends in San Diego march in uniform in the parade and get the applause and recognition they rightfully deserve.
    Hater Politicans need to get a real life!

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jul 25, 2012 12:01:07 PM


  9. It's true this was an exception to an otherwise good policy. For example, you would not want to see large number of uniformed troops at a Romney campaign rally. However, in this case it was fairly innocuous. It represented more of a change of policy rather than partisan politics.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 25, 2012 1:56:59 PM


  10. Seeing Gays in uniform doesn't exactly make me feel safe. You're not on duty. Wear street clothes. Lost some votes there.

    Posted by: Matt | Jul 25, 2012 11:21:38 PM


  11. Demonstrating pride in the Nation you serve and pride in the person that you are isn't political. These guys have never seen a gay pride parade. Politics? Where?

    Posted by: boone68 | Jul 25, 2012 11:57:41 PM


  12. Sure didn't seem political to me - until this representative made it so. It's a shame that a simple act of pride can be turned onto its head and made controversial by someone pushing his own social agenda of bigotry, hatred, and discrimination.

    Posted by: Mitch | Jul 26, 2012 7:47:03 AM


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