Army promotes first openly gay soldier to rank of general

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Woman Becomes First Openly Gay General

By MATTHEW L. WALD
Published: August 12, 2012

WASHINGTON — An Army officer being promoted to brigadier general openly acknowledged her homosexuality on Friday by having her wife pin her star to her uniform, thus becoming the first openly gay officer of flag rank in the United States military.


Brig. Gen. Tammy S. Smith and her wife, Tracey Hepner. General Smith is the first openly gay officer of flag rank in the American military.

The officer, Brig. Gen. Tammy S. Smith, 49, a 26-year veteran of the Army, was promoted in a ceremony at the women’s memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. The star was affixed by Tracey Hepner, who was a co-founder last year of the Military Partners and Families Coalition, which “provides support, resources, education and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military partners and their families,” according to its Web site.

The couple married in March 2011 in the District of Columbia.

The military dropped its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gay service members on Sept. 20, 2011, after a change in federal law.

The Army said that General Smith was not available for an interview on Sunday. However, she said in a statement that the Defense Department had made sexual orientation a private matter, but that “participating with family in traditional ceremonies such as the promotion is both common and expected of a leader.”

Sue Fulton, a spokeswoman for OutServe, a two-year-old organization of lesbians and gay men in the military, said Sunday that it was “highly unlikely” that General Smith was the only gay officer of her rank. She called General Smith’s public acknowledgment significant.

“I would say that it’s important to recognize ‘the first,’ because then the next person doesn’t have to be first,” said Ms. Fulton, a 1980 West Point graduate. “Once we get over each ‘first,’ each hurdle of ‘Well, that’s never been done before,’ it makes it a nonissue going forward.”

Ms. Fulton, who was honorably discharged as a captain in 1986, said she left the Army because of the strains of maintaining a secret lesbian relationship. She called the promotion ceremony in which General Smith acknowledged being gay part of the best in Army tradition. Ms. Fulton quoted a speech last September in which the Army chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, said that “the strength of our Army is our soldiers; the strength of our soldiers is our families.”

Ms. Fulton said she had no doubt that General Smith’s superiors knew of her sexual orientation when they selected her for promotion.

As a colonel, General Smith was deployed in Afghanistan from December 2010 to October 2011 as the chief of Army Reserve Affairs. She currently serves in Washington as the deputy chief of the Army Reserve.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/13/u...y-gay-officer-promoted-to-flag-rank.html?_r=1
 

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Let's all watch as the LGBT community completely turns on this woman for being a "warmonger" or some such shit.
 

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Of course they will. Hatred of the military is more important to liberals than gay pride.
Just look at GLAAD and Code Pink - they support the Palestinian Authority, where homosexuality is ILLEGAL, and claim that Israel's pro gay rights are irrelevant due to "the occupation."

It's just sad that gay people who just want a public voice are being shoehorned into generic radical liberalism that is irrelevant to the issues of the LGBT community, and often CONTRADICTS its interests.
 

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Let's all watch as the LGBT community completely turns on this woman for being a "warmonger" or some such shit.
Since it seems to be in vogue to do these days, let's read the comments over at The Blaze to see where all the hate seems to be emanating from:
USPATRIOT101

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 9:18am Ive seen some women that are great killers. I just dont need our great military used as a platform for some radical social agenda.
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  • MCDAVE

    Posted on August 13, 2012 at 9:35am Obama is replacing generals with people who be loyal to him and not our constitution .dangerous thing
  • watersRpeople

    Posted on August 13, 2012 at 9:48am But still you did not learn anything from Gideon and neither from George Washington’s army. God doesn’t like the ones who lap like dogs.
  • ahall1950

    Posted on August 13, 2012 at 9:55am That “wife” sure looks like husband to me.
  • watersRpeople

    Posted on August 13, 2012 at 10:00am I’m kind of thinking that oil tanker and destroyer bumping into each other in the Strait of Hormuz was a bad omen.
  • cloudsofwar

    Posted on August 13, 2012 at 10:06am it’s Obamas military. yuck.
  • sw12

    Posted on August 13, 2012 at 10:14am That was Mark Llyod Plan — Obama Diversity Czar — http://newsbusters.org/blogs/seton-...-people-need-be-forced-step-down-so-someone-0
  • ashestoashes

    Posted on August 13, 2012 at 10:16am Although I believe in the Bible and I know homosexuality is an abomination…I saw some twinkle toes guy prancing all over a battlefield..THis makes a little more sense in that she’s probably the man she always wanted to be..I just don‘t understand why sex has to be involved when it’s the same sex. why can’t people just be friends…but then I don’t believe in fornication or adultery either..
  • NOT A CRAZY

    Posted on August 13, 2012 at 10:23am I think all homosexual’s should be in the military. Right up on the front line.
  • KeystoneState

    Posted on August 13, 2012 at 10:23am Why does it seem that gay men are attracted to men that are feminine, and gay woman to manly girls? That never made sense to me, you‘d figure they’d be attracted to the same sex because it does NOT resemble the opposite sex, otherwise what’s the point of being gay in the first place, just the plumbing?
  • friedwatermellon

    Posted on August 13, 2012 at 10:34am To make someone a General just to say it’s a “FIRST” is whats ruining our country with incompetence.
  • Walkabout

    Posted on August 13, 2012 at 11:06am The second part of becoming a general is confirmation by Congress, which can degenerate into a popularity contest.
  • rangerp

    Posted on August 13, 2012 at 11:06am I am sure the Romans would be so proud of us.
    Romans26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
    27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
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    Posted on August 13, 2012 at 11:08am @muffythetuffy
    Well stated – thanks.
Compare and contrast that with the comments on HuffPo if you will...:action-sm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/...-general_n_1771605.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices
 

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Since it seems to be in vogue to do these days, let's read the comments over at The Blaze to see where all the hate seems to be emanating from:


Compare and contrast that with the comments on HuffPo if you will...:action-sm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/...-general_n_1771605.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices
Here's the difference - the Blaze comments are made by people who openly oppose homosexuals in the military. My point was that homosexuality often comes second for HOMOSEXUAL GROUPS (read my comments regarding GLAAD and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict).

Plus, a good chunk of those comments are obvious jokes, and several others make the point that it was a political move (bashing Obama as opposed to homosexuality).
 

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Woman? What woman? The woman behind those two dudes with her back turned to the camera?
 

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I wonder what happened to all the people that said ending DADT would throw the entire military into complete disarray? You never hear people admit when they were completely wrong...
 

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What's this world coming to? A woman general?!
 

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I wonder what happened to all the people that said ending DADT would throw the entire military into complete disarray? You never hear people admit when they were completely wrong...
In their worldview, this is complete disarray. Make no mistake, the "unit cohesion" argument is just a secular cover argument. The real problem that religious fundamentalists have with having openly gay and bisexual men and women in the military is that, in their eyes, having such people in our military (and our society) earns us God's disfavor. More than anyone else, Christian fundamentalists view America and the United States military as God's army on Earth and having practicing homosexuals and bisexuals in this military stands in opposition to this image.

This view of America is deeply ingrained in the neoconservative foreign policy model. If you listen to the rhetoric of neoconservatives, they support Israel not for it's strategic value (which is why I favor supporting Israel to a degree), but for it's religious significance. America's divine purpose is ultimately to control and eliminate threats to Judeo-Christian people and values. Part of that mission is preventing Muslims from taking control of Jerusalem.
 

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If you listen to the rhetoric of neoconservatives, they support Israel not for it's strategic value (which is why I favor supporting Israel to a degree), but for it's religious significance. America's divine purpose is ultimately to control and eliminate threats to Judeo-Christian people and values. Part of that mission is preventing Muslims from taking control of Jerusalem.
That is EXACTLY it! But very few conservatives will admit it for fear of, rightly so, looking batshit. That is the core reason the right wants to maintain military presence in the middle east. I've only met one that's even been smart and open enough to recognize and admit that shit.
 

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This view of America is deeply ingrained in the neoconservative foreign policy model. If you listen to the rhetoric of neoconservatives, they support Israel not for it's strategic value (which is why I favor supporting Israel to a degree), but for it's religious significance. America's divine purpose is ultimately to control and eliminate threats to Judeo-Christian people and values. Part of that mission is preventing Muslims from taking control of Jerusalem.
Totally untrue. They talk about shared values in terms of human and civil rights, democracy, etc. as well as the strategic importance in the big picture sense (Israel is part of the Western bloc). You are confusing neocons with evangelical Christians (and, to some extent, Mormons).
 

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I wonder what happened to all the people that said ending DADT would throw the entire military into complete disarray? You never hear people admit when they were completely wrong...
The head of the Marines admitted that he had no problems when earlier testimony said it would cause major problems for the Marine corp. If I remember right McCain was a bit annoyed at that, since it wrecked the point he was trying to make.

Saying GLAAD/etc represent gays is like saying Al Sharpton represents blacks.
 

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Totally untrue. They talk about shared values in terms of human and civil rights, democracy, etc. as well as the strategic importance in the big picture sense (Israel is part of the Western bloc). You are confusing neocons with evangelical Christians (and, to some extent, Mormons).
I was talking strictly about the Christian Right's worldview, not the worldview of conservatives that happen to be Christians. Believe me, I know my shit when it comes to anything involving the Christian Right. My family aren't extremists or anything, but I was raised in the culture of Christian conservatism and I know it well.

By the way, neocons and evangelicals overlap to a great degree down here.
 

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The people who were against gays in the military have moved on. No use fighting something the military itself wanted.
 

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Neocons and evangelicals overlap to a great degree down here. Believe me, I know my shit when it comes to anything involving the Christian Right. My family aren't extremists or anything, but I was raised in the culture of Christian conservatism and I know it well.
In fairness, many of the big names in neoconservatism are Jewish. In any case, I think that arguing for Israel based on its religious significance is doing Israel a great disservice (aside from the argument that Muslims would not respect holy sites for other religions, which is a valid claim). I think that Israel has a 100% political case to make in its favor. You don't need to lean on empty religious slogans. Some of my (more religious) friends tend to disagree because the American public is, by and large, religious to some degree. But still, this is a political (and military) issue, not a religious one. Defending Israel on the basis of religious importance almost comes across like covering for something bad. "Sure, they eat Palestinian babies, but THE BIBLE SAID WE NEED TO LOVE THEM!" Fuck that. I argue the facts from the past 100 years or so and that's it (aside from establishing ancient Jewish presence in Israel based on endless archaeological evidence to counter the Muslim claim that Jews have no history in Jerusalem or Israel). That's is more than I'll ever need to mop the floor with any anti-Israel douchebag.
 

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The people who were against gays in the military have moved on. No use fighting something the military itself wanted.
No they haven't. It's just that no one is listening to them, including most of the Western Christian world. They're concentrating more on the gay marriage fight -- the one they haven't lost yet.