During this evening’s Delaware Senate debate, Christine O’Donnell — who has a spotty record on LGBT rights — repeatedly compared allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military to “adultery” and condemned the recent court decision which banned the military from enforcing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy:
O’DONNELL: A federal judge recently ruled that we have to overturn Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. There are a couple of things we need to say about that. First of all, judges should not be legislating from the bench. Second of all, it’s up to the military to set the policy that the military believes is in the best interest of unit cohesiveness and military readiness. The military already regulates personal behavior in that it doesn’t allow affairs to go on within your chain of command. It does not allow it you are married to have an adulterous affair within the military. So the military already regulates personal behavior because it feels that it is in the best interest of our military readiness. I don’t think that Congress should be forcing a social agenda on to our military. I think we should leave that to the military.
Pressed by debate moderator Wolf Blitzer about why the United States is one of the few NATO members to prohibit open service, O’Donnell reiterated her offensive simile and added, “If the heads of all four branches of the military said [they favored repeal], then it would be up to them, not me as U.S. Senator to impose my social agenda wether it’s for or against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
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O’Donnell recently dodged a question about DADT at a town hall event, but it’s still more likely that she’d support strengthening the ban against open gay and lesbian service than vote for legislation repealing it. After, all how can she allow gay people to serve openly if she believes they suffer from a psychological disorder?
“People are created in God’s image. Homosexuality is an identity adopted through societal factors. It’s an identity disorder,” O’Donnell told the Washington Post four years ago, taking a position that has been universally rejected by science and psychology since the early 1970s.
O’Donnell’s opponent Chris Coons, meanwhile, likened the push for open service to the civil rights movement and President Harry Truman’s executive order desegregating the armed forces.