09/20/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
There are those who feel that the GOP should be more inclusive. Apparently Ken Buck is not one of them. Buck is running for the Senate from Colorado, and he does not believe that the military should condone those who ‘choose the lifestyle’ of being lesbian or gay. He feels that the policy make sense. The reason- because the military needs to be homogeneous. Yes, that is what he said.
BUCK: I do not support the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I think it is a policy that makes a lot of sense. It’s not whether an individual is gay can serve in the military, the question is whether that individual can be openly gay in the military. It’s one thing to deny someone access to the military and to a career in the military, it’s another thing to — for morale purposes and other purposes — make sure that we are as homogeneous as possible in the military in moving towards the common goal of the security and the military action, as opposed to the distractions that are caused by allowing lifestyle choices to become part of the discussion.
Now, the military is hardly homogeneous. The military allows people of various religions, races, sexes, cultures, and even allows lesbians and gays to serve so long as they are in the closet. This certainly has not been a problem for the military. As for homosexuality being a “lifestyle”, well. . .if it was, you would see a bunch of people leaving it permanently. Of course, since almost everyone who tries to be “ex-gay” ends up becoming an ex-ex-gay” or going insanely fundie, one has to wonder just how bigoted Buck is.