Family Research Council President Tony Perkins praised today's Supreme Court decision to turn away a legal challenge to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy:
"Today's decision is the triumph of solid evidence and simple common sense over politically-driven extremism," said Perkins. "As Congress recognized in the early 1990s, homosexuality is incompatible with military service. Nothing has changed since then.
"The courts have consistently upheld the military's 1993 homosexual ban and affirmed convincingly that the law is constitutional. Congress and the courts have long acknowledged that the military has the responsibility to focus on creating and preserving readiness. Military service is a privilege, not a right, and anything that detracts from the ability of our service personnel to fulfill their mission should be prohibited. The sexual tension that would be introduced by forced cohabitation with homosexuals indisputably fits into that category.
"We urge President Obama and Congress to also reject any administrative or legislative efforts that would overturn the existing law. The military should not be used as a testing vehicle with which to implement liberal social policies.
"President Obama should also consider a recent letter from a coalition of over 1,000 retired flag and general officers -- including a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, several Service Chiefs, a Medal of Honor winner, and a total of 47 with four-star rank -- that was sent to him and to Congress, with an accompanying issue overview, in support of the current law declaring homosexuality to be incompatible with military service. The letter warns that overturning the ban would undermine recruiting and retention, and adversely impact the willingness of parents who lend their sons and daughters to military service.
"Indeed, a 2008 Military Times poll found that 58% of active-duty military respondents object to overturning the ban. In addition, almost a quarter of poll respondents said they would not re-enlist or consider not re-enlisting if the ban is overturned.
"Not taking these realities seriously shows not only contempt for those who serve but also a troubling willingness to put the insistent demands of a vocal minority ahead of the security of our nation. The Commander in Chief should never make a decision based on that kind of highly politicized pressure," Perkins concluded.
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