Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 49 / 7 December 2017
 

Lesbian senators slam Pace

California’s three Democratic lesbian state senators – Carole Migden (San Francisco), Sheila Kuehl (Santa Monica), and Christine Kehoe (San Diego) – took the lead Thursday, March 15 in condemning Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace’s anti-gay rant in which he called gays “immoral.”

The letter calls on Pace to make an immediate public apology.

In a letter signed by 20 of their Democratic colleagues, Migden, Kuehl, and Kehoe call on Pace to apologize for his comments, which were made Monday in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. “We … are deeply offended by your defamatory and seemingly gratuitous remarks … regarding the suitability of the estimated tens of thousands of gays and lesbians in uniform in the United States military,” the letter states.

The letter goes on to state that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which prohibits gay and lesbian service members from serving openly, has forced gay and lesbian troops “to live in the shadows while risking and sacrificing their lives for their country.”

(In Congress, Representative Marty Meehan (D-Massachusetts) last month refiled legislation to repeal DADT. Earlier this week, Meehan announced he was leaving Congress in July to become chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.)

“Your comments and policies have had a direct negative impact on our national security as qualified and invaluable lesbian and gay members of the military face expulsion. Many of those soldiers who have been forced our have vital skills that are hard to replace, such as fluency in Arabic or Farsi,” the letter states.

State Senate President Don Perata (D-Oakland) signed the letter, along with fellow Bay Area Democratic Senators Leland Yee (San Francisco), Ellen Corbett (Fremont), and Tom Torlakson (Antioch). Bay Area Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) did not sign the letter. The other four Democrats who did not sign the letter are: Senators Dean Florez (Shafter), Michael Machado (Linden), Jenny Oropeza (Marina del Rey) and Edward Vincent (Inglewood).

— Cynthia Laird, March 16, 2007 @ 11:14 am PST
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