‘Puter thinks the Republicans should introduce legislation barring discrimination in the military on the basis of sexual orientation. ‘Puter would except combat units from this legislation, with the proviso that Congressional hearings would be held forthwith to determine the rationale for continuing “don’t ask, don’t tell” for combat positions as well. Treat gays just like the heteros. No fraternization, etc. Discharge homosexuals because of how they perform their assignments, not because of who they are.
‘Puter would pitch gay military integration as a civil rights issue (similar to Truman’s desegregation of the military), but take pains to make clear military integration does not equal acceptance of gay marriage.
Upside? It is foolish to eliminate from the service people who are qualified and capable on the basis of sexual preference alone (see, e.g., discharging military linguists, intelligence specialists). Also, it absolutely punks the Democrats (particularly President Obama) and shows Republicans as a party that defends the rights of all, regardless of whether they agree with the individuals or not.
Downside? It will drive some conservatives absolutely batty, potentially fracturing the conservative coalition.
‘Puter’s libertarian streak is showing here, but conservatives cannot blame liberals from legislating (from Congress or from the bench) moral preferences (abortion, welfare, etc.) when conservatives are doing the same.
‘Puter awaits his brethren to point out his suggestion’s myriad shortcomings.
*Pictured, Volgi in foreground with Czar and Mandarin behind. GorT on bike. ‘Puter was taking the photo in his Liza getup.