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American Family Association Doesn't Want Gay Corpses in Arlington National Cemetery

The American Family Association has sent out an action alert regarding the military benefits that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced yesterday would be extended to the same-sex partners and families of gay servicemembers — nearly the full extent permitted under current law (a Q&A about the benefits can be found here).

ArlingtonThe AFA is upset about the announcement, and is urging its followers to contact the DoD. In the proposed text of the letter attached to their action alert, they pay particular attention to the fact that gay people will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery with the dignity and honor of their straight counterparts.

The text reads:

Under your watch, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has effectively devastated our nation's military by allowing the "gay agenda" to take priority over national defense.

This week, his decision to grant "marriage" benefits to homosexuals in the military presents an unacceptable risk to good order, discipline, morale and unit cohesion - qualities essential for combat readiness.

Most disturbing is his decision to allow homosexual partners to be buried on the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

I urge you to do your part in restoring sanity to the Department of Defense and stop social experimentation in the military.

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  1. I was going to say that did they not realize that there are already gay people buried there, but then I realized that it is the AFA that is the subject of the article. How does the world survive with such organized ignorance? Nevermind--I just thought about organized religion.

    Posted by: ***** | Feb 12, 2013 6:50:32 PM

  2. It seems the AFA thinks some members of the military deserve less benefits than others. Meanwhile our secretary of defense is simply doing what is required after DADT was repealed by Congress, so naturally these AFA idiots blame him.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 12, 2013 6:53:28 PM

  3. I didn't know any non-military were buried there. I really don't think any non-military should be, gay or straight.

    Posted by: Craig | Feb 12, 2013 6:59:12 PM

  4. You gotta be kidding! Apparently there is no limit to how low these desperate fools will go.

    Posted by: Gary S. | Feb 12, 2013 6:59:42 PM

  5. The problem with gay corpses, of course, is come the zombie apocalypse . . . well, it won't just be brains. 'Nuff said.

    Posted by: RIkon Snow | Feb 12, 2013 7:00:05 PM

  6. Even in death the AFA doesn't want "the gays" around them. Gay people can die to fight for their freedom and protection and the freedom and protection of the families the AFA "represent", but gay soldiers are not good enough to be buried along with their loved one with the same honor of a heterosexual?

    What the hell concern is it of the AFA where somebody is being buried anyways?

    Posted by: BETTY | Feb 12, 2013 7:00:17 PM

  7. SHAME!!!!!!

    Posted by: Tristram | Feb 12, 2013 7:12:24 PM

  8. Hollowed ground?

    It is a revenge burial site. Robert E Lee's front yard and because he went with the south the FED said these deaths are on your hands and buried the dead on his front yard

    Yeah it has become natonaly sacred due to the bodies of those who have served this nationbeing there but the holy sky fairy didnt create it

    Posted by: Moz's | Feb 12, 2013 7:13:48 PM

  9. at least these people served their country which probably more than most of the bigoted afa did. and in the history of Arlington there are probably of hundreds of gays already buried there. these damn bigots are getting worse they are losing the battle and are getting desparate

    Posted by: walter | Feb 12, 2013 7:25:48 PM

  10. I smell desperation... as the world moves forward.

    Posted by: John | Feb 12, 2013 7:40:22 PM

  11. "Oh, no, don't want any creepy gay bodies buried here!" They can no longer pretend their motive is anything but hatred.

    Posted by: John Conolley | Feb 12, 2013 7:51:01 PM

  12. @ Craig

    Spouses. My parents are buried in Arlington. Each eligible servicemember gets a single plot. If they are married, the first to die is buried double-deep, and the subsequent spouse is buried at the usual depth. It's not a double plot or a second grave.

    In the case of my parents, since my father's first wife predeceased him, my parents were both cremated, and dad buried near the headstone, with mom buried where his feet would have gone. Each family gets a single headstone, with the servicemember on the front, and the spouse(s) on the back.

    There are no graves in Arlington that don't contain a servicemember.

    Posted by: Lymis | Feb 12, 2013 7:51:33 PM

  13. Well, God will remember the AFA and come the Rapture, AFA members will be flapping their arms wondering why they're not flying to Heaven. Oh, AFA members, that's not Global Warming--the heat is coming from the pits of Hell you've been spirited off to; check your name cards at the Devil's table.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Feb 12, 2013 8:02:23 PM

  14. Lymis, thanks for the clarification, I wondered about that.

    Posted by: Cal | Feb 12, 2013 8:06:38 PM

  15. Obviously, the AFA isn't that concerned about this affecting the military's "combat readiness" if the thing they find "most disturbing" is that the spouse of a gay person will be allowed be buried in the same cemetery as their veteran spouse.

    I mean, really...

    Posted by: Matt N | Feb 12, 2013 8:58:38 PM

  16. The title of this post is misleading (I initially thought it was a headline from Queerty when it appeared in my RSS reader). It makes it sound like the AFA is lamenting the burial of gay soldiers (not just their civilian partners) in an effort to make the AFA sounds worse than they are. The AFA is already making themselves look bad; you don't need to help them by mussing your journalistic values in the process.

    Posted by: Gerard | Feb 12, 2013 9:20:52 PM

  17. Gay Heroes are already there. I'm guessing they just don't want out gay corpses, cause you know they will ruin everything with their outness.

    Posted by: Jay | Feb 12, 2013 9:25:14 PM

  18. @Lymis you're a little wrong on this: "There are no graves in Arlington that don't contain a servicemember." There are slaves buried at Arlington under "citizen."

    Posted by: unruly | Feb 12, 2013 10:26:38 PM

  19. It's not enough that the AFA didn't want gays in the military and have contributed to their deaths through their hateful propaganda, now they won't even let gay soldiers rest in peace.

    If the AFA had their way, gay people wouldn't even be allowed to have burials - they'd just throw the bodies in a grinder and serve it to their dogs.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Feb 12, 2013 11:24:49 PM

  20. "This week, his decision to grant 'marriage' benefits to homosexuals in the military presents an unacceptable risk to good order, discipline, morale and unit cohesion - qualities essential for combat readiness."

    Sorry, AFA, if it hasn't happened already with the simple repeal of DADT and the admission of gays into the military, it won't happen with the reality of gay couples.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Feb 12, 2013 11:37:48 PM

  21. Why are these people relevant still. They lost. They must accept it. Clinching to cemeteries must be their last battle, maybe because they are already there.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Feb 12, 2013 11:38:01 PM

  22. I don't know who is worse: the little pi$$ ant bigots of the AFA or Towleroad that loves to wallow in this negative B. S!!!

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 13, 2013 12:11:02 AM

  23. Ignorance.
    I'm sure there are plenty of gay men and women already resting at Arlington.
    They fought for their country (being gay) and died (being gay).
    Show respect and who cares if they are gay, straight or race. Disgraceful, AFA! Remember they had/were part of loving families.

    Posted by: blonder | Feb 13, 2013 12:53:51 AM

  24. Andrew aka UFFDA aka David Hearne,
    You desperately try to pretend homophobia doesn't exist because you resent a galvanized gay community who combats homophobia, speaks about our LGBT stories, shares our struggles, and is visible. You resent that because you are uncomfortable with facing your own prejudice when it comes to the gay community. But it's clear as day, and in all your posts, and we all see it. Confront your bias, or else this will be a very miserable society for you.

    Posted by: Duration & Convexity | Feb 13, 2013 4:07:09 AM

  25. @ Andrew
    It takes a real special dumb@$$ like yourself to come on a gay blog and demand that gay people not discuss the vital issues, and concerns, including homophobic attempts by their enemies. You want us to all be as complacent as you. Sorry, but many of us passionately care about our community. And make no apologies for it. No go run along and leave the adults alone, little kid.

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 13, 2013 4:08:42 AM

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