The context of my letter of Feb. 18 referred to by Kimberly Hicks was apparently at least partly misunderstood. My purpose is to point to the near-daily publicity by gay/lesbian groups or individuals that “they are being discriminated.” That is not true; the outcry by gay groups and liberal press is/has hurt the military.
Gene Thomas Gomulka, Capt, CHG, USN (Ret) lettered recently to Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, Washington DC, observing: “I believe you underestimate the importance of sexual privacy in the military and the effect a change in the DOD homosexual policy can have on the recruitment and retention of heterosexuals. I can understand how the President and Secretary of Defense might not appreciate the importance of sexual privacy after never having served one day in the military, but you, Sir, should know better.”
Capt. Gomulka further states that the Roman Catholic Church has paid out over $3 billion in lawsuits and legal fees over past decade for sex acts perpetrated by priests, over 80 percent of whom were homosexuals.
I never said gays were “bad” people. Ms. Hicks says “gays especially” do not broadcast their orientation; it isn’t appropriate in all situations. Why not? My friends and I courted our girls and wives openly. That is open and normal.