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James Mattis Wins Over LGBT Groups

During today’s spate of confirmation hearings, Dr. Ben Carson’s position of offering no special treatment for gay Americans, outside of what every American is due predictably set off the expected howls of protestation.

Whatever. He did fine and there appears to be no stumbling blocks on his way to confirmation for the Secretary of HUD position.

Possibly the surprise of the day was how readily retired General James Mattis won them over.

The cloud of fear hanging over the LGBT community was that Gen. Mattis would overturn many of the Obama administration rules that allow for them to serve “out.”

“We are heartened by Gen. Mattis’ stated commitment during his testimony not to reverse the profound progress we have made in ensuring LGBT service members and their families are able to serve our nation with pride,” American Military Partner Association President Ashley Broadway-Mack and OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Matt Thorn said in a joint statement.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter lifted the ban on transgender troops serving openly last summer and the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that banned gay service members from serving openly also came during the Obama administration.

It’s no surprise that Democrats, whose bread and butter is reliant on social engineering, would zero in on those issues.

No, Democrats can’t be bothered to help veterans who are homeless, but threaten a man’s right to wear a dress while in formation and it’s time for a serious talk.

At first, he demurred when asked if gay troops were undermining the military’s lethality. But asked later by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) whether there’s anything innate about being a woman or identifying as LGBT that would prevent someone from serving in a lethal force, Mattis flatly said, “No.”

That answer made Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, optimistic about Mattis’ commitment to upholding the existing policies. Prior the hearing, Belkin had said he expected Mattis to “take aim” at women and LGBT troops.

Such a loaded way to respond. Take aim.

Democrats and the various special interest groups they represent have built up this false image of GOP “boogeymen,” in their heads that makes open communication on a level playing field near impossible.

“We are committed to holding the incoming administration accountable and ensuring all who serve, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, have the support and respect they need and deserve,” they said.

Mattis appears to have impressed all the right people, so his path to confirmation for the position of Defense Secretary is, presumably, in the bag.

The question now lies with conservatives, who feel focusing on the sexual orientation of a serviceman or woman takes away necessary attention from their duties.

Our military should not be a laboratory for broad social experimentation.

Taxpayers may also feel less than warm to the idea that people struggling with Gender Dysphoria may join the military, simply to cash in on the benefits and have their sex reassignment surgery covered.

It’s a complicated issue, and it won’t be resolved today.

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