Republican presidential candidate John McCain has come out in support of the anti-gay military policy, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The Clinton-era policy prohibits soldiers from asking or telling their sexual orientation. In a letter to Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the Senator wrote that the controversial law:
…unambiguously maintains that open homosexuality within the military services presents an intolerable risk to morale, cohesion and discipline…
He also erroneously claims that the Supreme Court, “has ruled that the military may constitutionally discharge a service member for overt homosexual behavior,” according to a Earth Times.
McCain goes on to write:
I believe polarization of personnel and breakdown of unit effectiveness is too high a price to pay for well-intentioned but misguided efforts to elevate the interests of a minority of homosexual service members above those of their units. Most importantly, the national security of the United States, not to mention the lives of our men and women in uniform, are put at grave risk by policies detrimental to the good order and discipline which so distinguish America’s Armed Services… I remain opposed to the open expression of homosexuality in the U.S. military.
And we remain opposed to you. As does SLDN.
Regarding McCain’s claims, SLDN legal expert Sharra E. Greer says:
Senator McCain’s comments are out of step with the overwhelming majority of the American people, and out of touch with the best interests of our armed forces… ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ prevents our military from recruiting and retaining the best and brightest Americans, and undermines our country’s ability to assemble the strongest fighting force possible. Now, more than ever, elected officials should be primarily concerned about military readiness. Senator McCain’s defense of this counter-productive law is disrespectful to the more than 65,000 lesbian and gay service members on duty today.
Maybe McCain needs to sit down with Alan Simpson. The former GOP Senator recently blasted “Don’t Ask”, saying, “We need every able-bodied, smart patriot to help us win this war.” Word.