September 01, 2011 3:45 pm ET - by Julia Krieger
Back when President Obama formally announced his intention to repeal the U.S. military's discriminatory policy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) didn't hesitate to broadcast his feelings on doing away with the ban on openly gay troops. He warned an NPR reporter that the policy change would lead to the disintegration of the "special bond" shared by soldiers, while worrying about the possible inclusion of "transgenders" and "hermaphrodites."
The repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell hasn't stopped Hunter in his crusade to institutionalize homophobia, however. Hunter is now pushing legislation to ensure that soldiers are "not pressured to approve of another personal's sexual conduct if that sexual conduct is contrary to the personal principles of the member."
As Army Times reports, "Essentially, this would mean that military people have to accept the presence of gays in the military but they would not have to like it, said an aide familiar with the legislation."
Hunter is presumably aware that his superfluous legislation would not actually accomplish anything. If the bill is defeated, however, Hunter and his ilk will likely use its failure as evidence of a governmental attempt to control people's thoughts.
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