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Between applauding for just using the death penalty, letting uninsured people die, now members of last night’s debate booed a gay solider, a message from the GOP audience is clear. We respect life, equality and patriotism–if your the “right people.”
Over YouTube the gay solider asked if the candidates would reinstate Don’t Ask Don’t Tell if elected. Candidate Rick Santorum, responded to the question.
“Any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military,” he said, criticizing that “we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege.
That’s a smokescreen argument. Designed to make him look reasonable. And likely placate members in the audience who just aren’t comfortable with gays in the military.
The smokescreen or deception from Rick Santorum argument comes from the flawed logic and the assumption that is that straight or heterosexual people are having sex with each other one the job. If that was the case, the military rightfully has the same discretion as a Burger King or any organization to stop employees from having sex on the job, no matter whom.
The difference that Santorum glossed over is that gays, before DADT could be kicked out for the having sex off the job, and not in the context of being a solider. Just the knowledge of sexual activity under any context. If if could be deduced you had sex with a person of the same sex you could be discharged. That’s not how it works with heterosexuals. Otherwise, you could kick anyone out who has a baby or brags about who they scored with.