He hasn’t been invited to any major candidate debates, but dark-horse Republican presidential hopeful Charles Elson “Buddy” Roemer III has at least one thing to say that LGBT voters will want to hear: He believes in equal pay and benefits for married military personal, regardless of their spouse’s gender.
Currently, even though same-sex marriage is legal in a number of states, only soldiers married to opposite-sex partners are eligible to receive health care, housing, food and numerous other benefits for their families. (According to Marriage Equality USA, a sailor, soldier or airman with a same-sex spouse can lose up to $250,000 over the course of their career.)
But don’t mark that ballot yet: Roemer, the former governor of Louisiana, also says if elected he would reinstate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Which means he wants married gay and lesbian military folk to get their fair share of benefits, but they’d have to live in secret at the same time. How exactly would that work? “Private Simmons has requested to list his roommate, Steve, as his next of kin. Don’t ask why!”
Reminds us of that old joke about military intelligence being an oxymoron.