By: Shannon Ralph
Michelle Bachmann amazes me. Truly, she does. How one person could harbor such blatant contempt for the LGBT community is beyond me. She doesn’t even try to hide it. She makes no attempt whatsoever to soften or downplay her contempt. Rather, she wears it like a badge of honor. And worse yet, she is finding success doing so.
Following her straw poll win in Ames, Iowa, Bachmann sat down with CNN’s Candy Crowley, who asked if the Republican candidate for president would reinstate the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy if elected president.
“’The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy has worked very well,” Bachmann replied. “It worked well, and I would be in consultation with our commanders, but I think, yes, I probably would.”
Would she be able to do that? Unfortunately, it appears that the answer is yes. Although Congress passed legislation to repeal the statutory provision in the U.S. Code that mandated no open gay, lesbian, or bisexual service, the military had a policy of no gay service whatsoever prior to the passage of DADT in 1993. This means that, because the 1993 law has no requirement that gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members can serve openly, Bachmann could effectively reinstate the policy, thereby returning the military to the pre-DADT era.
Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, said in a statement, “She has stated that as President, she would turn back the clock to prevent gay and lesbian troops from serving honestly, ignoring the conclusions of senior military leaders, the Pentagon Working Group, and foreign forces, all of whom find inclusive policy to be no big deal. Under Representative Bachmann’s proposal, the U.S. Armed Forces would become the first nation in the world to undo the repeal of a gay ban.”
Again, that woman amazes me.