Less than a year after dropping the nation’s 200-plus-year ban on homosexuals serving in the military, the Department of Defense (DOD) used the occasion of June as “gay pride” month to celebrate the inclusion of gays and lesbians into America’s armed forces.
According to the DOD’s official military newspaper Stars and Stripes, as the Pentagon made plans to “recognize gay and lesbian troops later in June,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta released a video message June 15 in which he thanked homosexual service members for their service to the nation — both during and since the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), the Defense Department policy that had officially banned homosexuals from military service.
“As we recognize pride month, I want to personally thank all of our gay and lesbian service members, LGBT civilians and their families for their dedicated service to our country,” Panetta said. “Before the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ you faithfully served your country with professionalism and courage. And just like your fellow service members, you put your country before yourself. And now after the repeal, you can be proud of serving your country and be proud of who you are in uniform.”
Panetta went on to intimate that the DOD is bending over backwards to make sure that homosexual service members are getting extra-special consideration in the now “gay”-friendly armed forces. “Diversity is one of our greatest strengths,” Panetta said, alarming those who thought defending the nation from foreign invasion and attack was of utmost importance. “During pride month and every month, let’s celebrate our rich diversity and renew our enduring commitment to equality for all.”
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Photo: In this June 13, 2012 file photo, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington: AP Images