Cultural Revolutions

Heightened Security

Federal judges in California have been busy.  In August, Judge Vaughn Walker held that it is irrational to limit marriage to one man and one woman.  Following in Judge Walker’s footsteps, Judge Virginia A. Phillips struck down the congressional prohibition against homosexuals in the military as violating the First Amendment and the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.

The press has described Judge Phillips’ ruling in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States as a repudiation of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  That is incorrect.  Judge Phillips struck down Title 10, Section 654 of the U.S Code, which effectively prohibits homosexuals from serving in the Armed Forces.  The statute demands immediate separation from the Armed Forces of a person who engages in or attempts to engage in a homosexual act, states that he or she is homosexual, or marries or attempts to marry a person of the same sex.  Congressional policy statements recorded in the preamble to the statute clearly state that “[t]he presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.”

After making campaign promises to the homosexual lobby, in 1993 President Clinton urged Congress to end the...

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