Gays in the Military
April 5, 2014

General Carl E. Mundy, Jr., the 30th Commandant, was a man of character, a mentor, and a good  friend I've known since 1994.  On April 2 he died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, having struggled with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma.  His email updates describing the ups and downs of what was happening since his diagnosis last June reflected serenity and even a bit of humor as "Team Mundy" closed ranks. 

Many memories come to mind.  In the millennium year, we were the guests of the 32nd Commandant, General Jim Jones, at the International Naval Review 2000 in New York Harbor.  My photos of the splendid flotilla of tall ships sailing by our observation post aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau, anchored near the carrier USS Kennedy, included the World Trade Center in the background.

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August 22, 2013
The story of 25 year-old Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, now convicted, demoted, and sentenced to 35 years at Fort Leavenworth prison, has taken a bizarre turn.  In the same week, Major Nidal Hasan, a bearded jihadist wearing an Army uniform, sat in a Texas court room  Read More

July 5, 2013

In an article published in the Washington Times, CMR President Elaine Donnelly highlighted the long-term consequences of the Supreme Court's failure to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as the bond of one man and one woman:

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"There are no estimates of  long-term costs for extending spouse and dependent benefits to a new class of beneficiaries, with or without marriage, but if the drain on funds cannot be sustained, benefits intended for families will be cut for everyone . . . Read More

April 7, 2013

Military LGBT activists can hardly wait for the Supreme Court to declare the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.  According to a Politico report titled "For LGBT Troops, DOMA Ruling a Pocketbook Issue," if the Supreme Court does not issue a sweeping ruling in their favor, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender groups will pressure Congress to pass legislation authorizing marriage benefits for same-sex couples. 

This suggests that if the courts or Congress abolish the DOMA, which defines marriage as the bond of one man and one woman, a new class of potentially "entitled" beneficiaries will expect to draw funds from shrinking Defense Department family support accounts.  . . . Read More

April 2, 2013
Results of the annual 2013 Military Times Poll of active-duty subscribers to the Gannett-owned Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Times newspapers, reveal political shifts and unresolved concerns about the consequences of social engineering in the military.  (See April 1 edition, pp. 8-10)  Trends on women in land combat and gays in the military hardly indicate that the administration's policies are universally supported by the men and women who serve.  . . . Read More

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