Conservatives claim gay soldiers will start attacking straights if DADT is repealed

Fri. May 28, 2010 12:00 AM by News Staff

Chicago, IL - As Congress inches closer to repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," conservative groups are claiming that the "problem of homosexual misconduct in the military" including sexual assaults will "only become worse."

This last, desperate attempt to stop the military from finally treating gay and lesbian soldiers with respect is contained in a statement on the Family Research Council's website called -- without any apparent irony -- "Insight."

FRC says that out of 1,600 reports of sexual assault in the military in 2009, over 8 percent were "homosexual in nature."

The FRC's numbers do not seem to account for the fact that you don't have to be gay to attack someone in a way that is "homosexual in nature."

"If open homosexuality is permitted in the military, these numbers will only increase," FRC Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg said. "The numbers of homosexuals in the military would grow, the threat of discharge for homosexual conduct would be eliminated, and protected class status for homosexuals would make victims hesitant to report assaults and make commanders hesitant to punish them."