Imagine Every Veteran and Current Member of Our Military Were Gay, Would Republicans Honor Them?

bachmann-boehner-cruzAfter I wrote an article covering the reprehensible behavior by six states that are deliberately making it harder for members of our military to register for benefits simply because they’re in a same-sex relationship, I thought to myself, “What if every veteran and current member of our military were gay?  Would Republicans still honor them?”

Just think about that question for a moment, because it’s something I think really needs to be talked about.

Do Republicans respect those in our military who are homosexual?  Do they view their service on an equal level and as honorable as those who are straight?

Honestly, I don’t think that they do.

Let’s not forget this is the party that had attendees of a GOP presidential debate boo an officer in our United States Army, who at the time was deployed in Iraq, just because he was gay.  Booing that received exactly zero condemnation from a single Republican candidate on the stage that night.

Just really think about that.  These people booed a man, an officer in our United States Army who was deployed to a war zone simply because he’s gay.  And not a single potential Republican presidential nominee defended him from such a disgusting response that echoed from the conservative audience.

Republicans are the same party that stood against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the outdated rule that prevented homosexuals from openly serving in our military.  For the record, most Republicans opposed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” when it was introduced in the 90s.  If Republicans really had their way, homosexuals wouldn’t be allowed to serve in our military—period.

And even though homosexuals are treated with such disrespect from many Republicans, and millions of conservative voters, many gay Americans still choose to join the ranks of our military to defend the freedoms given to those who view them with such disgust and negativity.

This is the party that has quite a few of their voters — and politicians — who believe homosexuality is a disease.  That homosexuals will spend an eternity “burning in hell for their sinful lifestyle.”

Do you really believe people with that kind of mentality and disdain towards homosexuals would honor gay veterans or current members of our military?  Again, these people booed a soldier deployed at war. 

Would they stand proudly and salute an all-gay military?  Would millions of them stick “We Support Our Troops” decals all over their cars and homes if every member of our military were gay?  Would they see them as heroes for the brave sacrifices they make?

Is this a “radical leftist question” to ask?  I don’t think that it is.

This is the party that views homosexuals as people who don’t deserve equal rights.  This is the party that booed a gay solder who was deployed to war.  This is the party that would rather homosexuals not be in our military at all.  This is the party, supported by tens of millions, who would be ashamed (and possibly disown) their son or daughter if they were gay.

Do you really believe that party would honor our military and its veterans if they were all gay?  I really don’t believe they would.

The respect we give these brave men and women who’ve served or are currently serving in our military (many of whom lost their lives defending this nation), should not be conditional.  Their sexual orientation, who they marry or who they love shouldn’t factor in one bit towards the ways in which we honor the courageous few who risk everything to defend our freedoms.

Unfortunately, for Republicans, it does—and I’m embarrassed for those who suffer from such absolute and intolerable ignorance.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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