March 15, 2007
While many in Congress apparently don't have the stomach to battle the Islamic terrorists in Iraq, they don't hesitate to take up a fight with the head of the U.S. military over his opposition to a proposed law that would allow homosexuals to openly serve in the U.S. military. In an interview in which Gen. Peter Pace, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, was asked about a bill introduced by Rep. Marty Meehan (D-Mass.), Pace said that homosexuality, like adultery (both of which violate military law), is immoral. Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) was quick to fire off a response saying he strongly disagreed with the General's statement that "homosexuality is immoral." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) joined the anti-Pace volley, saying, "We don't need moral judgment from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs." Even administration officials, like Defense Secretary Robert Gates, signaled retreat from the General when he said "personal opinion really doesn't have a place here." The Washington Post accused Gen. Pace of "bigotry."
Many Americans do not know that military personnel have a separate set of laws that govern their conduct; it is called the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Under the UCMJ homosexual behavior, like adultery, is criminal. It is immoral. The outrage should not be focused at Gen. Pace for defending the law, it should be directed at Rep. Meehan and others who in the midst of a war want to make political correctness a priority and try and turn the military into a laboratory for their liberal social ideas. As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Pace should not have to apologize for defending the law; rather, he should be applauded for upholding it. We urge his colleagues and the administration to resist the urge to retreat and instead follow his brave leadership.