Elaine Donnelly, the president of the Center for Military Readiness, has condemned Secretary of Defense Leon's Panetta's promotion of the department's first-ever Gay Pride celebration.

A poster announcing the June 26 event scheduled to take place in the Pentagon auditorium includes a Panetta quote: “Diversity is one of our greatest strengths. During Pride month and every month, let us celebrate our rich diversity and renew our enduring commitment to equality for all.”

According to gay weekly Metro Weekly, Department of Defense General Counsel Jeh Johnson will give the keynote address at the 1PM event.

During an appearance with Janet Parshall, Donnelly, whose group supports a complete ban on gay service members, called Panetta's message “entirely inappropriate.”

“What happened to the notion, 'We just want to serve in the military, we just want to be quiet and modest and discreet, just like everyone else?' What happened to that? Well of course that was all phony because the LGBT activist groups know exactly how to intimidate other people, make other people feel they are not welcome, their views are not welcome, and name calling occurs quite a bit. That's pretty much part of the pattern and it's one of the reasons why the 1993 law regarding gays in the military should have been retained.”

Listen to the entire segment at RightWingWatch.org.