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WEYI-TV (FLINT) — Michigan reaction to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal

December 24, 2010
GG at Ft Sill closeupAFA-Michigan note: Unlike most of the “lame duck” politicians in Congress who voted to impose this radical agenda onto the U.S. military, AFA-Michigan’s Gary Glenn actually wore our nation’s uniform, serving from 1990-1998 in the U.S. Army National Guard and Reserves. Gary is also state chairman of the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors, a national military readiness and remembrance organization. His father was a U.S. Marine who survived the December 7, 1941 attack.

Despite the threat to unit cohesion, recruitment, retention, and religious freedom in the military, as well as an increased threat of AIDS and other serious disease transmission via battlefield blood transfusions, both of Michigan’s two Democratic U.S. senators — Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow — voted in favor of forcing our military personnel to share barracks, showers, and foxholes with individuals openly involved in the homosexual lifestyle.

In the U.S. House, all Democratic members of Michigan’s congressional delegation voted in favor of the misguided and immoral policy, as did Republican Vern Ehlers of Grand Rapids, one of only fifteen House Republicans nationwide to do so. All other Michigan Republicans voted against it. Notably, 2008 presidential candidate Ron Paul was also among the fringe group of Republicans who voted to impose homosexual activists’ political agenda onto the U.S. military.

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“‘This is a dark day in American history,’ says Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan. He goes on to say, ‘You have left-wing politicians, primarily a Congress that has already been rejected by the voters in November, imposing on the finest military force in the world a radical, left-wing agenda which hopefully at some point in the future we will be able to undo.'”

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WEYI-TV CHANNEL 25
Flint, Michigan
December 22, 2010

Reaction to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal
by Dan Armstrong

It’s a controversial and monumental decision. President Obama signs the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the 17-year-old policy that forbids homosexuals from serving openly in the military.

Supporters are celebrating, while opponents are disappointed.

Terri Dinsmore is the Genesee County president of PFLAG (parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). She says, “It’s been a long time coming. It’s a good thing that people are able to serve their country now and be open about who they are.”
Dinsmore, along with President Obama, says open service is an equal rights issue.
“We are a nation that welcomes the service of every patriot,” says President Obama.

Reports show around 14,000 homosexual service members have been sent home for violating the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
Obama says, “No longer will tens of thousands be asked to live a lie, or look over shoulder…serve country that they love.”
However, conservative organizations like the American Family Association, say the repeal will do more harm than good.

The AFA website says, “There is no question that repeal will have a harmful effect on recruitment, retention, and readiness, and will mean the end of military careers for officers and chaplains who have moral and religious objections to homosexuality.”
“This is a dark day in American history,” says Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan. He goes on to say, “You have left-wing politicians, primarily a Congress that has already been rejected by the voters in November, imposing on the finest military force in the world a radical, left-wing agenda, which hopefully at some point in the future we will be able to undo.”

Supporters say the repeal is a matter of national security for the military members fighting two wars.
“If these people that are serving in silence, if they all decided to be open, and get fired, then where’s that service? They’re going to be down quite a few people.”

The repeal will not be immediately implemented.

Military members still need to create policies, like domestic partner benefits.
The White House says the process will take months, not years.

Homosexual supporters say more needs to be done in Michigan for equal rights, like allowing homosexual marriage and preventing bosses from firing employees because they are gay.

http://www.connectmidmichigan.com/news/politics/story.aspx?id=558379
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