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Oi vay, the unhealthy obsession continues:

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r): …Just wondering, are men and women, uh, currently, uh, housed together in barracks, do they shower together, uh, men and women soldiers?

Vice Admiral William Gortney: No ma’am.

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r): Why not?

Vice Admiral William Gortney: Well, good order and discipline. And, uh, the, uh, they choose not to do it. Leadership is smart not to do it, to keep ’em separated, for good order and discipline.

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r): Is it due to their sexual orientation.

Vice Admiral William Gortney: No, ma’am, it’s not. It’s due to gender.

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r): So there may be some opposite sex attraction there and so it, do to, it would disrupt order and discipline if they showered together and were housed together. Is that correct?

Vice Admiral William Gortney: For, by not separating the, not separating the sexes?

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r): Right.

Vice Admiral William Gortney: That’s correct.

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r): How come, then, you said that this is due to sexual orientation, that there’s not gonna be any change in policy, uh, what’s the difference? It seems to me that you have a double standard here.

Vice Admiral William Gortney: Well, one is because, uh, uh, uh, that gender is very public. Uh, and sexual preference is very private. And we’re not asking, uh, about their sexual preference.

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r): Hmm, well, I, I think it’s a, the, you’re not being consistent…

“…Is it due to their sexual orientation…”

Uh, no, it’s about the plumbing.

Uh, if the current policy is “don’t ask, don’t tell” and there are gay people currently in the military (there are), and there currently aren’t separate facilities due to orientation, and gay people are in the showers and barracks already, do you think it should just be about the plumbing? Just asking.

What an idiot.


Are teh gay really so icky, Vicky? (March 24, 2011)

Hat tip to our good friends at Fired Up.