Sen. Scott Brown’s reneging on his campaign promise to oppose the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy has been well-documented in the Commonwealth Update, but the fallout from this repeal and Brown’s vote continue to develop.
The Washington Times reported last week on the materials that are beginning to be distributed by the military in response to the repeal. The four branches of the Armed Forces have begun sending training material to 2.2 million active and reserve troops with instructions on, for example, what to do if an officer sees two male Marines kissing in a shopping mall.
"We are going to make [gay ban] repeal training expeditiously," said Maj. Joel Harper, an Air Force spokesman at the Pentagon. "It’s great training."
The vignettes’ talking point states that commanders cannot rule a bar off limits simply because it caters to gays. Nor can commanders bar an off-duty homosexual from marching in civilian clothes in a gay-pride parade. A Marine recruiter may not refuse to induct a gay civilian even though he views it as violating his religious beliefs. Commanders may honor a request not to shower with known gay service members.
The briefings were dispatched to service members worldwide, including to combatants in Iraq and Afghanistan, as part of a major indoctrination program ordered by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to ensure that gays and heterosexuals will serve and fight together.
CLICK HERE to read more in the Washington Times about the indoctrination program that is a direct result of Scott Brown’s support of the House, Senate and White House’s move to repeal the DADT policy last December.
NOTE: This Friday, April 1, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Personnel Subcommittee will conduct a hearing on the repeal of DADT. This is a list of HASC Personnel Subcommittee members. Call or write to HASC Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) , and Subcommittee Chairman Joe Wilson (R-SC), thanking them for having hearings and encouraging them to have more sessions to closely examine the Pentagon’s implementation plans. Remind them that the administration should not be allowed to impose LGBT law on our military without sufficient time for responsible oversight in the new 112th Congress. (HASC Office, 202/225-4151, FAX 202/225-9077)