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U.S. Army Announces Military's First Openly Homosexual General
New American ^ | 8/15/2012 | Dave Bohon

Posted on 08/15/2012 4:57:52 AM PDT by IbJensen

With homosexuals now free to serve openly in the U.S. military it didn't take long for a gay officer to climb to the top of the commissioned ranks.

Star and Stripes, the Defense Department's semi-official newspaper, proudly reported that the Army has promoted its first homosexual officer to general status. “Army reserve officer Tammy Smith calls her recent promotion to brigadier general exciting and humbling, saying it gives her a chance to be a leader in advancing Army values and excellence,” reported the military newspaper. The paper added that the ceremony August 10, at which Smith was officially promoted, “marks an important milestone for gay rights advocates, giving the movement its most senior public military figure. She has already been assigned as deputy chief at the Office of the Chief at the Army Reserve, and spent much of 2011 serving in Afghanistan.”

In its report on the story, the Los Angeles Times noted that during Smith's promotion ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, her “proud wife placed a star insignia on her spouse's uniformed shoulder — the official mark of an Army brigadier general.” According to the New York Times, Smith, a 26-year Army veteran, married homosexual activist Tracey Hepner in March 2011, after they had dated for nine years. The Times reported that Hepner is the founder of an organization called Military Partners and Families Coalition, which, its website explains, exists to provide “support, resources, education, and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender military partners and their families.”

While the Army made Smith unavailable for comment on the singular occasion, in a press release the Defense Department quoted her as explaining her wife's presence by saying that “participating with family in traditional ceremonies such as the promotion is both common and expected of a leader.”

Stars and Stripes pointed out that Smith has attempted to downplay her notoriety as the first openly homosexual general in the U.S armed forces. Smith insisted that such a fact is “irrelevant. I don’t think I need to be focused on that. What is relevant is upholding Army values and the responsibility this carries.”

The irony of that comment is that, up until the dismantling of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” (DADT) in 2011, homosexual behavior had been considered a violation of the values of America's fighting force since the nation's founding. But the Defense Department has somehow turned homosexuality into a lifestyle worthy of celebration among pockets of the military. For example, as reported by The New American, in June Defense Secretary Leon Panetta released a video thanking homosexual military personnel for their service to the nation — both during and since the repeal of DADT. “As we recognize pride month, I want to personally thank all of our gay and lesbian service members, LGBT civilians and their families for their dedicated service to our country,” Panetta said. “Before the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ you faithfully served your country with professionalism and courage. And just like your fellow service members, you put your country before yourself. And now after the repeal, you can be proud of serving your country and be proud of who you are in uniform.”

In July, as reported by The New American, Panetta followed up that congratulations by allowing military personnel to march in uniform in a San Diego “gay pride parade,” an act that is banned by military regulations. After the event U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, fired off a letter to Panetta asking him why he offered a waiver of that prohibition to homosexual personnel, while at the same time allowing a Navy chaplain to be punished for wearing his uniform to a pro-life event, or a Marine for attending a Ron Paul campaign event in his uniform.

“If the Navy can punish a chaplain for participating in a pro-life event or a Marine for participating in a political rally, it stands to reason that the Defense Department should maintain the same standard and preclude service members in uniform from marching in a gay pride parade,” Inhofe challenged Panetta.

In a separate statement, Inhofe expressed his concern that the Obama administration “continues to force its liberal social agenda on the military by promoting the homosexual agenda, mandating the use of high-cost green energy initiatives, pursuing abortion rights, and suppressing the free exercise of religious liberties.”

Commenting on the Defense Department's double standard, Col. Ron Ray, USMC (Ret.), a deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration, noted that there is a “two-hundred-year history of Christian prayer as an edifying and educational foundation for our combat troops. Chaplains are now warned that they cannot pray in Jesus’ name, and combat leaders are instructed not to pray with their troops.” By contrast, said Ray, “there is a two month history of open homosexual political activity in the military, and senior Pentagon officials are calling this grand social experiment 'participating with family in traditional ceremonies.' Soldiers in uniform continue to be officially banned from political activity, but the standards appear to change based on whether we are talking about sodomy or religious liberty.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: homoinmilitary; homosexualagenda; queersinuniform; sodomyinbarracks
Romney needs to declare that once in office he will ask congress to conduct an extensive public hearing on the gay issue, with all parties (persuasions) and experts invited to testify. The hearing should be timed so that when over, all congresspersons could go back to their states and conduct local hearings---then reconvene in Washington and hopefully come up with the appropriate legislation that will clarify the various issues involved, causes, and findings. I believe the hearings would clearly reveal that there are more than one cause, i.e., genetic, envioromental, a combintion of both, and sexual perversions. I also believe that pedophilla will be listed as a gay issue, that probably will fall into the sexual perversion arena. Each of these issues will have to be addressed individually with appropriate solutions for each. Also, the issue of children being raised within a gay environment, needs to be addressed, as such children surely must have serious logic and emotional issues in resolving the differences at home as compared to the outside world. I also believe such a partnership should not be referred to as "marriage", in that it sulies the meaning of the eons old conceipt of the word. It is analogous to nurses' aids calling themselves medical doctors, or a piper cub pilots saying they are airline pilots. While gay partnerships have many similiarities to marriage there are eqally as many differences. and should have their own identity.
1 posted on 08/15/2012 4:57:53 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: All

"I will conduct the first short-arm inspection in thirty minutes. This is my wife pinning on my star."

2 posted on 08/15/2012 5:02:28 AM PDT by IbJensen (Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
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To: IbJensen

3 posted on 08/15/2012 5:02:41 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: IbJensen

Replacing what works with what sounds good.......cultural suicide.


4 posted on 08/15/2012 5:04:30 AM PDT by DwFry (Baby Boomers Killed Western Civilization!)
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To: IbJensen

Unfathomably sickening.


5 posted on 08/15/2012 5:04:53 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: IbJensen

The beginning of the end..
Our once finest military in the world will be destroyed by the fantasy of diversity. Everyone in the military should be there for one reason and one reason only, to kill the enemies of the United States in defense of our Nation


6 posted on 08/15/2012 5:05:44 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: IbJensen

The first Army general with a personality disorder. The watering down of our military continues.....


7 posted on 08/15/2012 5:05:51 AM PDT by DeathBeforeDishonor1
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To: IbJensen

With the Military focus on Social correctness, a Russian sub cruised the Gulf of Mexico all summer undetected.


8 posted on 08/15/2012 5:12:27 AM PDT by swamprebel (Where liberty dwells, there is my country.)
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To: IbJensen

I liked the LBFMs much better.


9 posted on 08/15/2012 5:17:25 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: IbJensen

Mentally ill, sexual deviants in charge. That should work out just fine.


10 posted on 08/15/2012 5:20:47 AM PDT by 762X51
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To: DwFry

Except it doesn’t even sound good.


11 posted on 08/15/2012 5:20:47 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DeathBeforeDishonor1

This is what Obama has brought. He owns this. She is defined not by excellence, but by her choice of laying down with the same sex.


12 posted on 08/15/2012 5:21:10 AM PDT by reefdiver (Shoeless John Roberts, American Backstabber)
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To: IbJensen

Next, another Tailhook scandal at one of the academies.......

It’s inevitable.


13 posted on 08/15/2012 5:26:51 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Doogle

Usually the CO’s wife is an important figure & leader in the family support network when a unit deploys overseas or a ship puts out to sea. Wondering how this is going to work when a group of wives gets together? I expect that either the CO’s ‘wife’ is going to opt out, or the entire network is going to cease functioning as intended.


14 posted on 08/15/2012 5:27:06 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: Tallguy

"just watch....don't say nuttin"

15 posted on 08/15/2012 5:36:22 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: onyx

onyx I agree— the fundamental change the anti-American Commander in Chief promised began with the Military. When I
was on active duty we understood the Military Review of the Court Martial of Lieut. Enslin of Colo. Malcoms Regiment found
guilty of attempted Sodomy and perjury-swearing false accounts. And for the Infamous Crimes ordered drummed out of camp Never to return. The Articles of War were drafted by Moral and Religious leaders. When we supplanted the old Articles with less disciplined UCMJ we kept the prohibitions against sodomy and perjury. Even after the Gay and Destructive DADT the Law remained. Now we have promoted (and a political appointment it was, a woman engaged in a false marriage,not recognized in at least 30 States, to a rank recognized across the board — WHY ? Politics.


16 posted on 08/15/2012 5:36:22 AM PDT by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: StonyBurk

Thank you from my heart for your service. It’s absolutely disgusting that PC politics has ruined our all volunteer military to the point where this lesbian has gained her blatant Left-wing promotion, when in fact, she ought to have been run out of the military, IMHO.

Her wife? Jesus, Mary and Joseph.


17 posted on 08/15/2012 5:46:18 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: IbJensen

Since the repeal of DADT, I’ve been encouraging young people in my family to avoid the military.... and that’s not an easy thing to say for a military retiree. I’d hoped to be kind of an “ambassador” for the Armed Forces after I retired from the AF in 2004. But to recommend entry into this queer-friendly organization, under Obama? Hell, no.


18 posted on 08/15/2012 6:00:48 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If Obama is reelected, America will deserve every mockery that follows.)
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To: swamprebel
With the Military focus on Social correctness, a Russian sub cruised the Gulf of Mexico all summer undetected.

And the Chinese make noise about "owning" the Spratleys.

But never mind that... our military is FABULOUS, now!

19 posted on 08/15/2012 6:03:05 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If Obama is reelected, America will deserve every mockery that follows.)
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To: ScottinVA

sick, sick, sick
they are spreading their tentacles everywhere......
Satan wants control, pray for America!


20 posted on 08/15/2012 6:06:00 AM PDT by nevermorelenore
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To: ScottinVA

Totally agree and do the same...
And wonder when the Middle East becomes WWIII, which of the homo-community are going to fight this thing?


21 posted on 08/15/2012 6:23:16 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: Erik Latranyi
Erik, don't be so damn short-sighted. Look at the bright side!

I for one, cannot wait, cannot I say, wait for the formation of a Lesbian Legion and a matching Gay Guard Regiment.. Whenever things are desperate on a battlefield, and, O say, the jihadists are over-running a position, we could plug the dike by rushing in the Lesbian Legion!

As the Lesbian Legion engages the enemy frontally, the Gay Guard should attempt to turn their flank, while transgendered combat teams sow confusion behind enemy lines by constructing unisex latrines.

In fact, as a matter of policy, all white men should be withdrawn from combat until minority, female, and LGBTG units suffer the same number of casualties suffered by the Union in the Civil War.

It is only fair, fair I say.

Of course, discipline in a Lesbian Legion must be severe. For example, if jihadists are captured, their prayer rugs are NOT, Not I say, to be considered MREs.

22 posted on 08/15/2012 6:41:04 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Choose: Ineligible Muslim Marxist Mad Dog or Mild-Mannered Mormon Milquetoast)
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To: IbJensen
First Openly Homosexual General

First one just had to be a lesbian.

23 posted on 08/15/2012 6:41:59 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: tbpiper

She won’t have a problem gathering up Christians.


24 posted on 08/15/2012 6:44:22 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: ScottinVA
Watch the unpatriotic homophobic patriarchal sarcasm, Scott. The Lesbian is an ARMY general.

It is not her job to go down searching for Russki subs. If you're looking for someone to call on the carpet, try a Lesbian NAVY admiral.

25 posted on 08/15/2012 6:55:26 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Choose: Ineligible Muslim Marxist Mad Dog or Mild-Mannered Mormon Milquetoast)
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To: IbJensen

A lying cheat who undermined honor for years in what would have been disgrace is now rewarded for it.

Forward, eh?


26 posted on 08/15/2012 7:05:13 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: IbJensen

What people probably didn’t get about drone strikes earlier is that the president plans to make the military pretty much mostly machines doing the killing and combat, followed by most serious combat personnel being pulled out. Yep, people wonder what purpose drones served, well, Obama plans on making killing people something that the government and armed forces can do without warning, to just about anyone, and turn killing from risking one’s life to the job of someone on base playing a video game.


27 posted on 08/15/2012 7:20:55 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: Kenny Bunk

My point was the DOD’s and this regime’s emphasis on turning the military into a politically correct social engineering petri dish, at the expense of defending this nation. I resent to my core what these traitorous SOBs are doing to the Armed Forces.

And I know the differences among the Services.


28 posted on 08/15/2012 7:33:52 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If Obama is reelected, America will deserve every mockery that follows.)
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To: Kenny Bunk
their prayer rugs are NOT, Not I say, to be considered MREs.

Post of the thread ... LOL!!!

29 posted on 08/15/2012 9:35:59 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: Fast Moving Angel
Honi soit qui mal y pense, pal.

Here I am thinking outside the box to better prepare my country for war, while you deliberately misconstrue my military theories. For shame, Sir! Besides, who the heck knows where those prayer rugs have been? When not actually praying on them, our Worthy Oriental Genltemen friends may have been using them for interspecies transactions, which The Lesbian Legion may not condone.

30 posted on 08/15/2012 10:08:41 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Choose: Ineligible Muslim Marxist Mad Dog or Mild-Mannered Mormon Milquetoast)
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To: Kenny Bunk

No aspersions intended, I assure you ... simply an acknowledgment of your sneaky and superior witty humour (that no one else appeared to have gotten). (While I don’t know about your Worthy Oriental Gentlemen, as a member of the female persuasion but not of the cited Legion, I thought it was hilarious!)


31 posted on 08/15/2012 5:00:46 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: IbJensen

Maybe it’s just me, but looking at the awards she is wearing (or lack thereof), it strikes me that I would expect someone who has made Brig. Gen. to have a more impressive collection of awards. I wasn’t Army, so I don’t recognize all of them, but given where her National Defense ribbin is located in relation to the rest, it looks like everything is relatively low level commendations.


32 posted on 08/16/2012 2:20:15 PM PDT by tarawa
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