Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Wednesday that pro-military activists who opposed lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the ranks are just like the bigots who fought against racial desegregation decades ago.
His remarks came at the Pentagon’s fifth annual pride celebration honoring lesbian, gay and bisexual service members, as well as transgender civilians.
Mr. Mabus said the argument against lifting the ban in 2011 is “exactly the same flawed logic as those who had earlier opposed racial integration or gender integration, claiming that policies of inclusion would erode the war fighting capabilities of the United States. That’s a suggestion that is not only an insult to the professionalism of our armed forces, but it undermines our core values as service men and women and as Americans.”
Among those who opposed removing the ban were prominent veterans in Congress and successive commandants of the Marine Corps during the debate. The worry was rooted in unit cohesion, especially among warriors who deploy in intimate surroundings for months at a time.
“Secretary Mabus‘ name rhymes with clueless,” said Elaine Donnelly, who directs the Center for Military Readiness.
Robert Maginnis, a retired Army officer, said: “There is no genetic markers for homosexual proclivities while skin color is dictated by our DNA. In recent years the homosexual lobby used political pressure and bigoted intimidation to cower the medical community into declaring their proclivities ‘normal,’ whereas forever until the last few years it was considered a disorder. Declaring such behavior ‘normal’ may work for the political cowards in Washington and Hollywood but fails the straight-face test in middle America.”