Today, for the first time in 15 years, Congress is holding hearings on the military's outdated and discriminatory "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy that prevents gay men and lesbians from openly serving in uniform.
To mark the occasion, conservative news site CNSNews.com asked several members of Congress if they still support the policy. Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID), the anti-gay and de-closeted senator arrested last year for allegedly trying to pick up another man in an airport bathroom, is among those who supports the staus quo, and, predictably, believes gay servicemembers should remain closeted.
Craig told CNSNews.com, "Current policy has served us well. I think we ought to sustain it. I see no evidence that it should be repealed."
Despite his arrest and a long history of men implicating him in compromising situations, Craig continues to maintain his heterosexuality and opposition to all things gay.& ; In an August 2007 letter to a constituent, Craig reiterated his support of DADT and claimed the military exists "to wage war. It is unacceptable to risk the lives of American soldiers and sailors merely to accommodate the sexual lifestyles of certain individuals." Craig also recently reaffirmed his opposition to same sex marriage and co-sponsored the latest version of the Federal Marriage Amendment. Another sponsor was Sen. David Vitter, the Louisiana Republican implicated as a serial client of prostitutes.
Some Background ...
A Tale of Two Cities [Advocate]
Adulterers Craig and Vitter Co-Sponsor Marriage Amendment [R20]
5 Gay Men Describe Sexual Encounters with Craig [R20]
"Romney Threw Me Under the Bus" [R20] & ;
Senate Republicans Knew About "Closeted" Larry Craig's "Weird Problem" [R20]
Larry Craig Vows to Remain in Office [R20]
Larry Craig Pays a Surprise Visit to Senate [R20]
News: Larry Craig Latest, David Vitter [R20]
Larry Craig Latest: "Not Guilty!" [R20]
Craig Latest: Wasn't Going to Run for Re-Election [R20]
Craig Latest: Maybe I Won't Resign After All [R20]
Craig Resigns Senate Seat [R20]& ;