A conservative hate group is not pleased with the outcome of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Family Research Council Vice President Jerry Boyklin insinuated the “sexualization of the military with social engineering” was connected with the DADT repeal.
In an interview with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Boyklin clarified his stance.
“One of the things that most of the people don’t realize is in a recent survey there are actually more men that have been sexually assaulted than women,” Boyklin explained to the Right Wing Watch.
“We are trying to violate the laws of nature, failing to recognize that these young men and women are at the peak of their sex drive when we try to mix the genders for reasons that to me are illogical and in doing so what we are doing is we are inviting this kind of behavior, it’s not acceptable and it has to be punished and dealt with.”
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins shared Boyklin’s views.
“President Obama is finally admitting that sexual assault is a serious problem in the military—but what he hasn’t conceded is that his policy on homosexuality helped create it,” said Perkins in the interview with Right Wing Watch.
“How could this happen? Well, for starters, the Obama administration ordered military leaders to embrace homosexuality—completely dismissing the concerns that it could be a problem to have people attracted to the same sex, living in close quarters.”
According to the Williams Institute at University of California Los Angeles Law School’s The Palm Center, there have been no negative consequences after the repeal. The study shows unit cohesion, military readiness recruitment, and morale has not been affected by the repeal.
“For almost twenty years, experts predicted that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would harm the military,” noted The Palm Center’s founding director Aaron Belkin. “Now the evidence is in, and the conclusion is clear: repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ did not harm the military, and if anything made it easier for the Pentagon to pursue its mission.”
Much of the LGBT community and its allies have commended the repeal of the 18-year-old policy.