May 26th, 2010
05:28 PM ET
4 years ago

Conservative group: DADT repeal will increase 'homosexual misconduct'

A prominent conservative group is warning against a change in the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.
A prominent conservative group is warning against a change in the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.

Washington (CNN) - As lawmakers consider a compromise plan to repeal "don't ask, don't tell," a prominent conservative group is arguing that overturning the policy against gays in the military will increase "homosexual misconduct" - even "sexual bullying, male rape, and forcible sodomy" – in the armed services.

On Wednesday, the Family Research Council held a conference call with reporters featuring retired military leaders and officials from the conservative group.

Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg argued that publicly available information from the Pentagon on sexual assaults in the military, along with other information, proves that the military currently has a problem with "homosexual misconduct."

"Homosexuals in the military are three times more likely to commit sexual assaults than heterosexuals are, relative to their numbers," Sprigg said. "We believe this problem would only increase if the current law against homosexuality in the military, which was enacted in 1993, were to be repealed."

Sprigg referenced a report he authored which argued that if the law is overturned, more gays will join the military, thereby causing more assaults. The report also said gays will violate military regulations without fear of being discharged, and that victims will be afraid of reporting assaults by gays.

Retired Col. Richard Black, who previously served in the Pentagon, went even further, using graphic language to suggest what might happen if the "don't ask, don't tell" policy were repealed.

"It's a question of whether we will force soldiers to bond with homosexuals in the showers and the barracks, knowing that doing so will result in sexual bullying, male rape, and forcible sodomy," Black said. "There's a reason that we don't make men and women shower together. And for the same reason, we must not force men to shower with homosexuals – it simply does not work."

A prominent gay and lesbian advocacy group vehemently disagrees.

The Human Rights Campaign is actively campaigning for the repeal of the military policy. The group's website calls it a "failed law" and cites support for its repeal from Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen.

"Americans recognize that on the battlefield, it does not matter whether a soldier is lesbian, gay or straight; what matters is that a soldier gets the job done," HRC's website states. "This discriminatory law hurts military readiness and national security while putting American soldiers fighting overseas at risk."

HRC also attacks the notion that harassment by gays will increase if the military policy is repealed.

"This legislation will not lead to increased harassment or claims of discrimination. Repealing DADT will only ensure that lesbian and gay service members are treated equally. The bill permits the U.S. military to prescribe and enforce conduct regulations as long as they are designed and applied without regard to sexual orientation," the HRC website states.

A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows that 78-percent of Americans say that openly gay people should be allowed to serve in the military, while just 20 percent say they should not be allowed to openly serve.

soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. mine

    what a bunch of sorry closet queens

    May 26, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Jeff in Houston

    And you get these numbers from where? A Christian Think-Tank? Sorry, that was a contradiction in terms.

    Gay men I talked to on this subjet have told me this fear comes from the assumption that all straghts are irresistable, and that gay men have zero control over their actions. What do you have to say to the women that endure sexual assault in the military sir? I guess that is ok.

    Stop flattering yourself.

    May 26, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Isn't the family research council the group riekers was involved with? Didn't he travel with a paid gay escort to Italy? Just want to make sure it's the same group before telling them that "homosexual misconduct" will probably not increase (if it's happening) but raping female soldiers won't stop!
    Once again the moral majority is neither. Keep hiding behind the bible. Just make sure it doesn't hit you on the head on the way out of your stupidity.

    May 26, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. yeha398

    Listening to the FRC will sodomize your mind.

    May 26, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. republicans hate america

    I love it how conservatives hate themselves so much. you fool no one. you are as gay as they come

    May 26, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Russ

    Boy doesn't say much for the straight soldiers. Are you saying the gays are going to rape the big strong straight guys? If not, then you're saying the straight solders will be committing the crimes against gays. If that's the case they should be discharged not the gays. You morons!!

    May 26, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Albo58

    Our military is heavily extended, our military equipment is not being replaced with more modern aircraft and ships as we send legacy platforms to the boneyard, and the Defense budget is under scrutiny AGAIN, but the TOP priority of the lib loon politicians and the special interest groups that control them is repealing the DADT policy??? Furthermore, since the military has been the nation's social experiment for the last 100 years, you can bet that equal treatment really means special treatment in regards to housing, promotions, deployments, etc...and this is the real disgrace of this big push!

    May 26, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. gary

    This is an insult to all the gays who have died in uniform defending out country. And, it is incredibly cruel to their family and loved ones. These people have no honor or shame.

    May 26, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. jean

    Simply. Really Simply because I doubt The Family Research Council could figure out a complex statement.
    Gays have been in the military, male and female, forever. This is not a change but a recognition of what always has been there. This will just let them be who they are already without repercussions, and by the way Family Research Council, pull your head out of your own behind.
    I could go on but your head may explode.

    May 26, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Sprigg referenced a report he authored "

    Really? He authored it and then referenced it as proof? Well tarnashun, it must be gospel! Maw, pass me that there Rebel Yell, I needs a swaller to selleebrayt we finalle done proved them homos to be dangeeruss.

    Seriously, why do we even pay attention to these wastes of space anyway? We should be using the same approach one uses with a 2 year old, knowing that jut like 2 year olds, these people have yet to form a complete, cogent, accurate perception of reality: ignore them, let them tantrum until they can tantrum no more, ask them condescendingly "are you quite done now?," and then move on.

    May 26, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Mikey

    Wow. The Family Research Council must be made up of a bunch of Neandrathal morons.

    May 26, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. Chris in NY

    There is no limit to the extent a bigot will go to ostracize those which they hate. Militaries all over the world allow gay and lesbian soldiers and none of these things happen, at least not more so than for their straight counterparts.

    FRC is a hate group, plain and simple.

    May 26, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. AnProf

    There should be no openly gay sexual culture allowed in the military, and no pairing and liasons. This will impair unit cohesion, trust, and warfare/ service effectiveness.
    Don't Ask and Don't Tell has been effective for 15 years. There is no need to change this policy hurriedly under pressure from gay lobbying. The military has much more important issues right now.

    May 26, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  14. gate

    Giving these people press is no different than giving the KKK or the Nazi Party press. They are a hate group, plain and simple.

    May 26, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. josi

    where do these idiots get their numbers – oh yeah outta thin air – in any incident where there are issues of misconduct of this nature – the rape of civilians or within the services themselves it's with heterosexuals – and I'd bet it's the ones who claim to be "Born Again" and those who have sold their soul to satan, er I mean jesus

    May 26, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. BJ

    So . . . . if I understand this correctly, it's only the male homosexuals that are going to be causing problems. What about the lesbians?? Oh yes. Men don't care about that as long as they get to watch.

    May 26, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Brian

    I think the Military should be more afraid of the Family Research Council. Be thankful there isn't a wesite called "rentamilitaryboy.com". If there was, Family Research Council executives could rent one to "carry their luggage" on vacation.

    May 26, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    wonder if they know that a majority of men that are sexually assualted every year are by others who claim to be heterosexual, not gay? And there ae more men than are raped and forced into acts of sodomy by other "straight" men that goes unreported because they are too ashamed to report it? This group needs to do some research before making such claims, but many right wingers don't like to be confused by facts anyway so it doesn't surprise me that they don't research it.

    May 26, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. jacquie

    excuse me, your sons are too ugly to get any nookie from girls much less gay men. The rapes of women by men in the military are legendary but they don't ban women from serving. How about everyone keeps there weapons in their holsters and has some dang dignity? Gay sex happens regardless of where the gays are. These Family Research Coucil people are narrow minded fools. Gays, women, blacks, muslims, jews, all have served with honor. Should we shut the whole system down because men rape women? Please, stay home, live your life, thump your bibles..but stop shoving your stupid prejudices onto those who preserve your liberty with honor.

    May 26, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  20. Norcal DM

    Spriggs has this study confused, because this study conducted was on straight men, not gay men. Typical that he would use smoke and mirrors to confuse and scare people. This is a very typical tactic of Focus on the Family. Right wing groups always do this, its their way of spreading their hate-filled agenda to naieve and impressionable minds.

    May 26, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. Bobert

    OK, I'm fairly conservative but I think this is nothing more than homophobism. I mean come on, I know tons of homosexual men that I am very good friends with, and being a heterosexual man myself, I have never once felt that these individuals (who IMO are some of the nicest people I've ever met) would head towards the situations quoted above.

    However, I know alot of straight men who brag about them dominating themselves over numerous female sexual partners. This is one of the few instances where I do not agree with this so called "conservative" group.

    May 26, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. Harriett in Chapel Hill

    Hey! that stuff only happens to the women, and no one does anything to help the victim. The story is covered up. Haven't heard or read about any of what this moran believes to be true. How come Americans STILL listen and respond to these flamethrowers? Peace, man:)

    May 26, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. Cynthia Webb

    I think it is irresponsible of the press to cover ridiculous allegations such as this, you give them power and creedence by even repeating their claims. If you are going to repeat trash, you need to balance it with truth to show it is lies.

    May 26, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Obama already turned the matter over to the military to review. Relax quit trying to use gays in the military as an activist agenda. Both the gay activists and their conservative activist opponents need to go find something else to argue about – so many more urgent matters the nation needs to focus on right now.

    May 26, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    I usually refrain form the name calling when remarking about an article, but that is changing for this one.
    This groups is made up of ignorant, self-serving fear-mongering bigots.
    There is absolutely no research -real or fictitious to support their claims. The U.S. is the only civilized country that bans gays in the military. There is nothing physically debilitating form keeping these men and women from doing their jobs.
    They use the guise of family values and morals to preach their hate-filled agenda. They cliam to be Christians, but nowhere in the New Testament were homosexuals banned or condemned.
    They claim to be moral, yet the front page of their website promotes war and the killing of innocent people in other countries- show me that in The Bible anywhere.
    This group is no better than the Phelps family with their preaching and teaching of hate in the name of God.
    What rights are they fighting for? Certianly not those of this country where all men are created equal. Where everyone has the right to believe and live as he or she sees fit.
    Enough of this- if they don't like THEY can leave- my country is one of freedom of choice, privacy and the right to speak out.

    May 26, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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