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Christine O’Donnell Compares DADT Repeal to Adultery

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Pic via WaPo.

Oh man. Via Think Progress, we find that at last night’s Delaware senate debate, O’Donnell took it upon herself to explain why repealing DADT is not okay: because they don’t condone other apparently comparable sins like adultery, after all:

O’DONNELL: A federal judge recently ruled that we have to overturn Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. There are a couple of things we need to say about that. First of all, judges should not be legislating from the bench. Second of all, it’s up to the military to set the policy that the military believes is in the best interest of unit cohesiveness and military readiness. The military already regulates personal behavior in that it doesn’t allow affairs to go on within your chain of command. It does not allow it you are married to have an adulterous affair within the military. So the military already regulates personal behavior because it feels that it is in the best interest of our military readiness. I don’t think that Congress should be forcing a social agenda on to our military. I think we should leave that to the military.

I guess O’Donnell didn’t get the memo that being gay isn’t a “personal behavior.”

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  • http://feministing.com/members/hopita/ Hope Anne Nathan

    Her comment also makes an (I’m sure) inadvertent argument *for* repealing DADT: “The military already … doesn’t allow affairs to go on within your chain of command.”

  • http://feministing.com/members/deadxpoetics/ Nikki

    That is just silly. Christine O’Donnell clearly doesn’t know anything about the military or how it functions.

    Actually, the military has no such law. It has Article 134, which covers behavior that brings “discredit” or that interferes with unit cohesion. So, let’s say Jack and Jill are married, and Jack cheats on his wife with Sally. If Jack is pretty subtle about it and it doesn’t interfere with his work life, then his command will probably see it as none of their business, or, if they say anything at all, they will tell him he needs to cut that shit out.

    Now, if for whatever reason, Jill found out about Sally and goes to his company area and makes a huge scene, then his affair will have interfered with normal working operations, and he may receive disciplinary actions. It all depends on the circumstances and who his commanding officers are. This explains it pretty well: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/justicelawlegislation/a/adultery.htm.

    The Army has lots of really old school, outdated rules that they rarely ever enforce. For example, oral sex (even with your wife) is technically illegal in the military. But they aren’t in the business of peering into people’s bedroom windows. They just want to complete their mission.

    I know all this because my fiance is in the US Army. He is technically still married, but he and his wife have been separated for 5 years, and he’s in the process of the divorce. So nobody said a damn thing about it when I moved in with him. In fact, his COs love me because I bake them cookies, and if someone who’s a bit stricter is around, they just refer to me as his “roommate”. Kind of a weird inside joke. :P

    Anyway, O’Donnell needs to do her research before she opens her mouth and starts saying stupid things.

  • http://feministing.com/members/shadowen/ Mike

    This was shredded tonight on Colbert. Among other things, he noted that, by the transitive property of her also equating masturbation to adultery, all people who masturbate are gay.