On Washington Watch yesterday, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins asserted that the military has experienced a “rise of homosexual assault since the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and that service members “preferred” the discriminatory policy. “The ramifications of this, the unintended consequences are far and wide,” Perkins lamented, warning that soon the military will have “quotas” to promote gay and lesbian service members.
Let’s do a quick rundown of Perkins’ claims, shall we?
- As we have pointed out several times now, the rate of sexual assaults among men “remained unchanged” since the repeal of DADT.
- There has been no evidence “suggesting that DADT repeal has led to a rise in violence among service members” [PDF].
- The vast majority of service members said the repeal of DADT has had “no effect” on them and a mere 13% said they “continue to oppose repeal.”
But Perkins seems quite content with spewing baseless arguments as long as it furthers his anti-gay political efforts.
So we’ve seen this rise of homosexual assault since the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, so it is this sexualization of the military where sex becomes the focal point and it shouldn’t be. When there was Don’t Ask Don’t Tell nobody knew and that’s the way they preferred it and now it becomes front and center. I was talking with Gen. Jerry Boykin about this about how there will soon be quotas so that people who are openly gay or lesbian, that will be a factor that is considered when they’re promoted in a positive sense, ‘well we’ve got to have so many open homosexuals, so many lesbians, we’ve got to promote them.’ The ramifications of this, the unintended consequences are far and wide.