The vote by the Senate this afternoon to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law will have little if no immediate effect. It will not create an influx of homosexuals into the military, because the law did not, contrary to claims of the advocates of its repeal, keep gays out of the military. It is unlikely to cause gays who were closeted in the military to suddenly ‘come out’ because if it was their intent to be open about their homosexuality it is unlikely they would have joined the military to begin with – and for those in the close knit fighting units, they won’t want to risk the social repercussions that will defy legal manipulation.
What will happen as a result of the repeal is the actual agenda of the gay lobby will be revealed. It will happen rather quickly, while Obama is still in office – a growing chorus of now open homosexuals will call for the military to make modifications to recognize and accommodate homosexual living arrangements and partner benefits. Like the faux ‘civil unions’ that were predicated on giving people certain freedoms but was in fact a stepping stone to allowing gay marriage, the repeal of DADT is an intermediary step not about freedom but official sanction of certain behaviors. Homosexuals are already free to have the relationships they choose to have, what they want is for everyone to be required to say those relationships are a societal good, and that not only should they be allowed but they should be promoted.
The effect on the military will be gradual but certainly erosive. Men and women of a definite moral character will begin to decline military service, particularly the sort that are inclined to volunteer for combat duties. The military, already expensive with burdensome mandates and regulations will become more bogged down with more bureaucracy and training which undermines their core mission.
And none of this will bother the forces that pushed for the repeal, because they are opponents of the American military to begin with. It’s a sad day for our country.