October 14, 2011 4:58 pm ET - by Matt Finkelstein
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) is one of the most reliably homophobic members of the House, especially when it comes to allowing gay and lesbian soldiers in the military. Before the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Hunter, a former marine, warned that the inclusion of "hermaphrodites" would break the "special bond" among the troops. More recently, Hunter has been pushing legislation that would make sure members of the Armed Forces are "not pressured to approve of another personal's sexual conduct if that sexual conduct is contrary to the personal principles of the member."
Today, Hunter may have set a new low for outlandish claims about equality in the military. In a radio interview with Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, Hunter warned that "equal status" will not satisfy the "homosexual lobby" whose true goal is "a military takeover by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community."
PERKINS: Let's talk about this issue here, "Don't Ask Don't Tell," we knew a lot of this was going to happen, you've been pressing this issue from the very beginning. But just, I mean, days after this is signed into law, first we had the transvestites wanting to be allowed to come into the military, but now we have chaplains being ordered, or at least given the permission and of course we know what that means it means they'll be pressured, to do same-sex weddings on military bases. Are they moving faster than you thought they would?
HUNTER: No, in fact this is exactly what we knew would happen. We're not especially clairvoyant, we can't see into the future, but the homosexual lobby isn't simply pressing to have equal status in the military with people that are heterosexual. They would like a military takeover by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community, and that's what they're going to keep pushing for until it happens.
Hunter also suggested that the Navy was particularly supportive of repealing DADT because "they don't have anybody really that are in this fight that we've had in Iraq and Afghanistan directly" and "they were trying to become accepted" by the Obama administration.
[h/t: Right Wing Watch]
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