Skip to comments.Republicans blast Pentagon for allowing military uniforms in gay pride parade
Posted on 07/24/2012 4:01:49 PM PDT by jazusamo
Republican lawmakers are blasting the Pentagon's decision to allow troops to march in uniform at a San Diego gay pride parade last week.
Two senior Republicans on the House and Senate Armed Services committees said Tuesday that the Pentagon was out of line to grant the one-time exemption that allowed military uniforms in the parade.
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) said the Pentagon made a dangerous exception to its policy of not allowing military uniforms in parades. In a statement, the Armed Forces Readiness subcommittee chairman said that the decision was a made to advance the Obama administrations social agenda.
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 Administrations social agenda, Forbes said in a statement Tuesday.
Sadly, this is yet another violation in what has become a pattern of this Administrations assault on the longstanding history of the Department of Defense as a nonpolitical organization, he said.
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asking for an explanation behind making the exemption in light of the military's "unambiguous regulations" to preserve its apolitical stance.
"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," Inhofe said. "I respectfully request a detailed explanation of the rational 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.
Both Inhofe and Forbes said that the Pentagons decision to allow the service members to participate in the parade in uniform was in clear violation of Defense Department rules on participating in political activities while in uniform.
Forbes pointed to a press release from San Diego LGBT Pride that said the inclusion of military uniforms was helping celebrate the growing list of states with marriage equality.
The Pentagon said last week that it was allowing an exemption for military personnel to wear their uniforms at the San Diego gay pride parade but that the exemption only covered that parade and not future ones.
Who would have ever thought that our soldiers would be allowed to march in uniform in a “We Love Anal Sex” parade?
who gets to be ‘rear admiral’ on their pride float?
I thought there would be a lot more outcry about it. Apparently there were the usual disgusting displays of gay sex in the parade.
Why the Navy had to dishonor itself by participating in this is beyond me.
I think the public-relations departments in the Armed forces are like PR departments everywhere, mainly staffed by gays and lesbians.
also I never understood why there wasn’t more trouble about the ‘First Kiss’ crap — a Navy female lesbian officer kissing her girlfriend -— that came out as soon as the policy was announced. They had to have had it ready.
The American military now being used like a prop in a Village People video. Sick.
If DOD allows in-uniform parading FOR gay rights, how can DOD (constitutionally) bar in-uniform parading AGAINST gay rights, e.g., a parade by service members who oppose the repeal of DODT?
No matter your stance on the underlying policy, I fail to see how any court would not agree that Equal Protection requires permitting someone in uniform to parade against X if parading FOR x is allowed.
It’s really only a matter of time before the Gay Mafia remakes the Military in its image. Anyone from the old Guard who doesn’t embrace (not tolerate: EMBRACE) the LBGT cause will be destroyed career-wise (at a minimum).
Bascially anyone in the Military who is a person of faith better watch their six. Not long ago, these people made up the backbone of the military—especially the Officer corps. Soon, they will be targets of Big Gay.
What is disgusting are the flag officers who just rolled over and allowed this.
Must be too close to retirement time.
They have played the PC angle to the hilt and made their depravity acceptable to many because of their claim of entitlement to live that lifestyle.
This is a precedent they are going to regret setting.
“In the rear with the gear” has a way different meaning than when I was in the Army.
You're absolutely right!
Betcha there would be a courts martial by the end of the week if a uniformed military man or woman was in a Tea Party parade or Glenn Beck ralley.
Say goodbye to the words “conduct unbecoming.”
Anything goes now in Obama’s corrupted military.
about time a couple of them get the guts to take on the social homo agenda , and good for them now if only the GOP could follow suit.
The only reason they have made a mockery of the military and the social stance is because to may, far too many have kept teir mouths shut and the public stays in the dark about this dangerous communist , mental sickness agenda.
Just wondering, is bisexuality and transgenderism also allowed in the military?
When are we Americans going to stand up to craziness? Any movement with the “BT” added to lgbt is a radical crazies movement.
Playing dress up, taking hormones to “change” gender, and going both ways are not worthy of serious political or societal respect.
not going to do a long post about it again but yesterday I went with my oldest to the marine recruiting office and trust me the marines and the miltiary today are nothing but a PC establishment.
I came away from there disgusted in how the military has changed.
I asked about homosexuals sharing showers, rooms, and sleeping bags with my son and he told us that he would never be forced to do that or it would never happen.
I asked if women are now serving in combat in the marines then why are thye allowed to serve along my son when those same women have not done the same physical test to get to where my son was and asked who woudl be carrying their weight etc.
He told me that the wmen does the same test and then said but they do less pull ups. less sit ups, less weight, more time for running.
How one earth is that the same test then?
The rest of the conversation was about him telling us how he served 4 years witht he President , how he was the best, how he was chosen based on grades etc
Did you know now that you only have to do two pulls up to get intot he marines and to finish the final test you only have to do 4, , do 55 sit ups in 2 mins and run in shorts, sneakers and a shirt 3 miles in 28 mins.
Hell I can still do that now, but he
s trying to tell me it’s harder than I was in, HUH
And “we’ve got your back.”
Ah,, for the good ol’ days when soldiers and airmen and sailors were only allowed off base in civilian cloths or full dress uniform. Now they go off base in what we called “fatigues” and “utilities” and wear the full dress uniform in gay pride parades.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2012
By The President Of The United States Of America
From generation to generation, ordinary Americans have led a proud and inexorable march toward freedom, fairness, and full equality under the law ‑‑ not just for some, but for all. Ours is a heritage forged by those who organized, agitated, and advocated for change; who wielded love stronger than hate and hope more powerful than insult or injury; who fought to build for themselves and their families a Nation where no one is a second-class citizen, no one is denied basic rights, and all of us are free to live and love as we see fit.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has written a proud chapter in this fundamentally American story. From brave men and women who came out and spoke out, to union and faith leaders who rallied for equality, to activists and advocates who challenged unjust laws and marched on Washington, LGBT Americans and allies have achieved what once seemed inconceivable. This month, we reflect on their enduring legacy, celebrate the movement that has made progress possible, and recommit to securing the fullest blessings of freedom for all Americans.
The US Congress has jurisdiction over this.
The officers do not, regardless of what they would or would onot have said about it, and it would have been negative, I imagine.
At this time the Officers are wondering where are the civilians and the Congress, who should protect them, over this.
The military protects us from declared foreign enemies and we are to protect the military by taking charge of those dopes in the Congress, court and Executibe Branch who work For Us.
OK so they do BOTH men and women ... the explanation dor that is????
Or a cross dresser, I’m supposed to view that as noble behavior?
I can be tolerant, but please it’s absurd.
Executibe is another work for Executive.
Well, you know
I didn’t read the whole thing but he later seems to exclude tranny’s from the military:
“Because we repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans can serve their country”
Vaseline will soon be standard issue for the old kit bag. Smile, smile, smile.
Randy and Jim will be getting a little something from me for speaking out.
Yes, please let’s not forget that it was we and ont the military that repealed it.
They are being bombarded with accept gays sensitiviety and tested on it by spies.
“Who ever thought our sailors and soldiers would be saluting this in uniform?”
It is certainly an embarassment to this old vet. However, they have made a serious blunder here. IF they refuse to allow other “groups” to weat uniforms while participating in “political leaning” events....they are going to get sued.
Unless the POTUS personnally ordered this, and takes responsibility for it, they the person or persons responsible should be out on the streets unemployed. It is an unforgiveable mistake.
Of course, I’m surprized Romney and Obama weren’t both marching with them!
Best quote from the article:
“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,” Inhofe said. “I respectfully request a detailed explanation of the rational 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.
This is NOT the military that my dad, brother, and husband served in..nor my many uncles who served in WW1 and WW11...
obama was not raised an AMERICAN and he does NOT know the History of this Nation...all he does is read what someone writes for him..I laughed when I read his remarks about Sally Ride...bet he didn't even know what or who she was, he just reads or someone reads what was written for him..what a joke he has been..time to VOTE HIM OUT.
Republicans are always “blasting” something.
Rats are more reasonable, don’t you know.
Took ‘em long enough.
“When are we Americans going to stand up to craziness? Any movement with the BT added to lgbt is a radical crazies movement.
Playing dress up, taking hormones to change gender, and going both ways are not worthy of serious political or societal respect.”
You said it. I used to think that using the achronym LGBT would be their undoing, because of the implications of bisexuality and transgenderism. They have even lately added “Q” for “questioning” (are you sure you’re straight? Positive? and are you really a boy?) - everyone sees this, and yet everything continues as before.
Head Quarters, V. Forge, Saturday, March 14, 1778: At a General Court Martial whereof Colo. Tupper was President (10th March 1778) Lieutt. Enslin of Colo. Malcoms Regiment tried for attempting to commit sodomy, with John Monhort a soldier; Secondly, For Perjury in swearing to false Accounts, found guilty of the charges exhibited against him, being breaches of 5th. Article 18th. Section of the Articles of War and do sentence him to be dismissd the service with Infamy.
His Excellency the Commander in Chief approves the sentence and with Abhorrence and Detestation of such Infamous Crimes orders Lieutt. Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning by all the Drummers and Fifers in the Army never to return; The Drummers and Fifers to attend on the Grand Parade at Guard mounting for that Purpose [emphasis in the original].
from The Writings of George Washington From The Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799; ed. John C. Fitzpatrick
I bet they get Article 14 if they appear in uni at a teaparty rally.
Thanks...Our first President got it but our current one doesn’t and never will.
The Veterans Administration will also gives hormone treatments to these characters. The veteran does not even have to be service connected. LGBT “awareness” month is big time in the VA and you get in big time trouble if you are employed there and voice a negative opinion of practice.
We are so lucky to have him as our congressman. Makes life so much easier....
Wish he would rip more heads off though...
Sorry, listened to heavy metal today.
May they ALWAYS be reminded of how they sold out our troops, our heritage, our readiness, our dignity for Obummer’s political expediency.
“I bet they get Article 14 if they appear in uni at a teaparty rally.”
That would make a nice test case! However, I wouldn’t want anyone to risk their military career to test it!