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WEYI-TV — AFA-Michigan opposes House vote to repeal "Don't ask, don't tell"

May 28, 2010
Dear AFA-Michigan supporter,

Please note that despite the opposition of top military leaders, every Democratic member of Michigan’s Congressional delegation voted in favor of changing federal law to force the U.S. military to enlist individuals openly involved in homosexual behavior, while every Republican congressman from Michigan voted against the bill. Michigan’s two Democratic U.S. senators and President Obama also support the bill.

This Memorial Day, please join AFA-Michigan in praying that the Lord will intervene to stop this assault on the integrity, morale, and combat readiness of our armed forces in a time of war, and thus on our national security itself.
We deeply appreciate your support.

Salute!
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GG at Ft Sill closeup“Gary Glenn of the American Family Association of Michigan, who also served in the Army, …says, ‘Serving our nation in the military is not a right. It is a privilege, and it is simply outrageous that these politicians, many who have never worn the uniform, would vote to force the brave men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line to defend our country, to integrate and live and share showers and living facilities with people who are involved openly in homosexual behavior.’

Glenn says there are health risks that heterosexual service members should not be subjected to. ‘We think it should return to a situation in which homosexual conduct prohibits service in the U.S. military out of respect for the men and women willing to put their lives on the line for us.'”

Watch video: http://www.connectmidmichigan.com/news/story.aspx?id=463696

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WEYI-TV
NBC Channel 25
Flint, Michigan
May 28, 2010

House votes to repeal ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’
by Dan Armstrong

The U.S. House of Representatives approves a measure to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military. The effort to repeal the policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is being spearheaded by Michigan Senator Carl Levin.

NBC25 spoke with those who support it and those who oppose it.

Michigan Senator Carl Levin says, “The policy should end.” Levin says the current policy discriminates.

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays in Genesee County, also known as PFLAG, supports the House’s decision. The president of Genesee County PFLAG, Terri Dinsmore, says “This is a good first step into repealing that act.” However, Gary Glenn of the American Family Association of Michigan, who served in the army, disagrees.

Glenn says, “Serving our nation in the military is not a right. It is a privilege, and it is simply outrageous that these politicians, many who have never worn a uniform, would vote to force the brave men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line to defend our country, to integrate, and live, and share showers and living facilities with people who are involved openly in homosexual behavior.”

Glenn says there are health risks that heterosexual service members should not be subjected to. “We think it should return to a situation in which homosexual conduct prohibits service in the U.S. military out of respect for the men and women who willing to put their lives on the line for us.”

Supporters say, it’s an issue of fair treatment. Dinsmore says, “It is an equal rights thing. Nobody should have to hide who they are.”

To become law, the senate would have to pass a measure and have presidential approval.

Those who support the measure would also have to show there would be no adverse effects.
Opponents say, it would affect the military’s cohesiveness, readiness, and recruitment procedures.

http://www.connectmidmichigan.com/news/story.aspx?id=463696
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