The socially conservative group Family
Research Council helmed by anti-gay Tony Perkins released a report
Wednesday warning that “homosexual misconduct” in the military
will increase if Congress overturns the policy that bans gay troops
from serving openly.
The report comes as both
houses of Congress prepare to take key votes on repealing the policy
known as “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”
In the report, titled Homosexual
Assault In The Military, the group claims that gay men and
lesbians are about three times more likely to commit sexual assaults
than heterosexuals, relative to their numbers. The group says it
studied all the military's sexual assaults cases for fiscal year 2009
and concluded that gay troops account for 8.2% of such cases.
“FRC and other supporters of the
current law have pointed out the risks involved in having
servicemembers share living quarters, showers, and bathrooms with
persons of the same sex who may be sexually attracted to them,” the
report's author, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg,
wrote. “This concern is borne out by many of the case synopses
reported by the Pentagon.”
During a conference call with reporters
Wednesday to discuss the report, Sprigg was joined by Retired Col.
Richard Black, who suggested lifting of the gay ban would lead to
“forcible sodomy,” CNN reported.
“It's a question of whether we will
force soldiers to bond with homosexuals in the showers and the
barracks, knowing that doing so will result in sexual bullying, male
rape and forcible sodomy,” Black said.
A second anti-gay group, the American
Family Association (AFA), predicted even more disastrous consequences
from repeal. During its Wednesday radio program, the
group likened lifting the policy to Hitler's army of “savage gay