Americans removed from the U.S. military because they identified as lesbian or nonbinary have sued the U.S. military for “reparations now,” saying it is wrong to deny less-than-honorably-discharged veterans the same benefits earned by those who served honorably — including college tuition, health care, restaurant discounts, and “society’s admiration.”
Two left-wing legal groups filed a class action lawsuit in San Francisco demanding the Pentagon pay for “the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, gender non-conforming, nonbinary, and intersex (‘LGBTQ+’) veterans discharged under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (‘DADT’) and its predecessor policies.” . . . .
. . . . Sherrill Farrell — who served less than one year in the Navy during the Reagan administration before being discharged — touted her lawsuit in an op-ed in The Hill titled “‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ was wrong — LGBTQ+ service members deserve reparations now.”
But Lt. General (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, Family Research Council’s executive vice president, told The Washington Stand, “If the DOD allows this lawsuit to result in reparations, it may be opening Pandora’s Box with other lawsuits or infractions of policies that today’s woke military has embraced.”
“Service members had been put out of the armed services for homosexual behavior long before” the Clinton administration enacted the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in 1994, said Boykin. “Every service member that joined knew what the policy was, as well as what the potential consequences were.”
Historically, the U.S. military policy never permitted open same-sex sexual activity in the military on the grounds that it undermined unit cohesion, harmed military readiness, carried the threat of sexual harassment and blackmail, spread AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, led to homosexual nepotism, and caused the general breakdown of military culture.
As far back as 1778, George Washington expelled two men from the Continental Army, saying he condemned “sodomy” with the “Abhorrence & Detestation of [other] Infamous Crimes.” “Homosexuality is incompatible with military service,” the Pentagon stated in 1993. . . . (read more on The Washington Stand)