(CNSNews.com) – Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said America’s forefathers’ quest for a “more perfect union” was contrary to not allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the U.S. military. America’s Founding Father and Revolutionary War Gen. George Washington incidentally approved, with “abhorrence and detestation,” a soldier’s dismissal for attempted sodomy with another soldier.
On Tuesday, Hagel spoke at the Department of Defense’s Gay Pride Month event at the Pentagon, saying, “It has never been easy to square the words of our forefathers with the stark realities of history. But what makes America unique, what gives us strength is our ability to correct our course.”
“Over more than two centuries, our democracy has shown that while it is imperfect, it can change, and it can change for the better,” Hagel said.
“Our nation has always benefited from the service of gay and lesbian soldiers, sailors, airmen, and coast guardsmen, and Marines,” Hagel said. “Now they can serve openly, with full honor, integrity and respect.
“This makes our military and our nation stronger, much stronger,” Hagel said. “The Department of Defense is very proud of its contributions to our nation’s security. Read more via CNS News...