Donna Pandori

Should Heterosexuals be allowed to serve openly in the military?

Filed By Donna Pandori | November 15, 2009 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living, Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: AMA, American Medical Association, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Elaine Donnelly, HIV/AIDS

According to One News Now the American Medical Association (AMA) is ignoring health facts in homosexual advocacy with it's passage of a resolution that opposes "don't ask, don't tell" and declaration that gay marriage bans contribute to health disparities:

Elaine Donnelly, the never served in the military but president of the alleged "Center for Military Readiness" (a.k.a. Center for Military Insaneness) says

the American Medical Association apparently doesn't know the facts about the 1993 law passed by Congress that prohibits homosexuals from serving in the military.

First of all the 1993 law doesn't "prohibit" homosexuals from serving in the military; it "prohibits" them from serving "openly". Secondly, there apparently are some "facts" Ms. Donnelly is unaware of.


The AMA, founded in 1847, is the largest association of physicians and medical students in the United States. Their stated mission is "to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health".

Regardless, Ms. Donnelly contends

"The first thing that they ought to have done is read the actual statute," she suggests, "and then maybe they would have figured out what their position should be. The second mistake they made was they consulted only with the advocates of gays in the military. It would have made a lot more sense to get balanced information."

Is this the "balanced information" Ms. Donnelly is referring to?

But the most ludicrous claim Ms. Donnelly makes is this:

"An organization that concerns itself with health matters should know that introducing into the military people who are at high risk of HIV infection makes no sense,"

Recruits are ineligible for enlistment if they test positive for HIV and service members are regularly tested for HIV after enlistment. Anyone who has actually served in the military knows this.

Ms. Donnelly seems completely unaware about what the "high risks" for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) actually are. According to Mayo Clinic

Your risk of catching any STD depends on your sex, age and sexual practices, as well as on the sexual practices and lifestyles of your potential partners. The same factors determine which STDs you're most likely to be exposed to.

Here's the highlights from Mayo Clinic's site:

  • Being sexually active
  • Starting sexual activity at an early age
  • Having high-risk sex, vaginal or anal penetration by an infected partner who is not wearing a latex condom (i.e. unprotected sex)
  • Currently having an STD
  • Having a history of an STD
  • Having multiple sex partners, not just concurrently but over time
  • Using alcohol or recreational drugs
  • Injecting drugs
  • Being young, almost half of the new cases of STDs each year are in people between the ages of 15 and 24 years (i.e. the entire population of new recruits)
  • Being female. At all ages, women are more likely to have severe STD complications, such as infertility, than are men. In teenage girls and young adult women, the cervix is made up of constantly changing cells. These unstable cells make the cervix more vulnerable to certain sexually transmitted organisms, so vaginal intercourse poses added risks
  • Being African-American. STDs, particularly gonorrhea and syphilis, are reported in a disproportionate number of African-Americans
  • Having sex with men, whether you're male or female
  • Meeting people in public places or online for sex

Ms. Donnelly should stop worrying about people having sex in the military and let the military deal with their own affairs. She should also stop stereotyping gays and lesbians as the only people who can possibly be at high risk for STDs because heterosexuals have as equal a propensity for high risk sex as gays and lesbians.

Let the UCMJ do it's job in dealing with misconduct, repeal DADT.


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Elaine Donnelly's a real piece of work. Steve Ralls used to post about her here all the time - one would think her org would want someone smarter as their xd.

I can't believe this is real. Elaine Donnelly is a clueless hack. Unbelievable.

The US Military is willing to tolerate gays by hiding the fact there are gays in the military. This despite the hypothesized risk factors gays present. If there were any actual risk factors that military regulations couldn't address without hiding the gays this wouldn't make any difference. But it seems logical to the right-winged bigots.

In an effort to expand this "logic" to address other potential problems I suggest the same approach be taken with men. After all being male is a high risk factor for violent behavior, rape and STDs. So we should only allow men to serve in the US military in a "don't ask, don't tell" capacity dressed as women.

You said, "there apparently are some 'facts' Ms. Donnelly is unaware of." In reality, she's not unaware of any fact. She ignores them on purpose to justify her bigotry.

You know the saying "She's a few fries shy of a Happy Meal?" Well, in Elaine's case, she didn't get any fries with her Happy Meal. Maybe we should start a factitious donation drive for people to send in fries to the "Give Elaine Donnelly fries for her Happy Meal."

The British military finally entered the modern era in 2000, when gay, lesbian, bi and transsexual people were allowed to serve openly. So far, they have remained remarkably... well, the same as before, really.