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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18, 2010

Contact: Phyllis Schlafly, President, (314) 721-1213

Eagle Forum Opposes the Military Readiness Enhancement Act

Washington, D.C. — Eagle Forum, a leading pro-family organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, urges Members of Congress and other Americans who support the U.S. military to defend current law which holds that homosexuals are ineligible to serve in the U.S. armed forces. During his first official State of the Union Address to the nation a few weeks ago, President Obama called for Congress to repeal this law, but Eagle Forum opposes any efforts to change or repeal it.

"President Obama made the same faulty argument in favor of repealing the law that the homosexual activists make for gay marriage. He claimed that it is a civil rights issue," said Eagle Forum president and founder Phyllis Schlafly. "He is mistaken. There is no constitutional right to serve in the armed forces. Obama also promised to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' over a year ago during his presidential campaign, and that, too, was misleading because it implied that DADT was current law," stated Schlafly.

The current law, known as Section 654, Title 10 of the U.S. Code, or "The Military Personnel Eligibility Act of 1993," was passed by bipartisan majorities in Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1993. This law is commonly confused with Clinton's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which is no more than a Pentagon regulation instituted via Executive Order.

Legislation is currently pending in the House which would repeal the 1993 law and replace it with a "LGBT law" for the military. H.R. 1283, or The Military Readiness Enhancement Act, would impose the gay agenda upon our military men and women with language that would recognize "homosexuality or bisexuality, whether the orientation is real or perceived." Although the bill has a whopping 187 cosponsors, the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO), has publicly stated that he supports current law.

"Eagle Forum commends Senate Armed Services Ranking Member John McCain for his fearless leadership on this important national defense issue and for his principled questioning of Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen during the Senate hearing two weeks ago," said Schlafly. "Senator McCain and Congressman Skelton support the current law because they understand that the primary purpose of the armed forces is to prevail in combat, not to engage in leftist social engineering."

"It is vitally important that conservatives remain united in protecting Americans from the Left's radical agenda not only in civilian life, but in military life as well," concluded Schlafly. "In the midst of two wars, now is not the time to repeal the 1993 law."

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