Tauscher responds to general’s comment on gays

Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, chairwoman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, sent out a strongly worded press release in response to the comments by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Peter Pace that “homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral.”

Tauscher said she is “disturbed and disgusted” by Pace’s comments.

“I cannot accept that a man who has played a critical role in carrying out a war without a plan, without an exit strategy, and in which our servicemen and women were sent to fight without proper body armor and armored vehicles has any standing to judge what should be considered moral,” Tauscher said.

In continuing, she called it “appalling that while (President George W. Bush) is promoting sending more troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs would attack gay and lesbian members of our armed forces who are second-to-none in their bravery, sacrifice and commitment to serving America,” she said. “General Pace owes an apology to all men and women in uniform; he should tell them that their service is deeply valued by our nation regardless of their sexual orientation.”

Lisa Vorderbrueggen