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Free Speech versus Openly Gay Military Service

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Posted on February 27 2010 10:46 am
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By Jennifer Harper

There could be some unintended collateral damage when it comes to the question of openly practicing gays and lesbians in the military.

The issue could pit political correctness against First Amendment rights, some say — and a battleground is erupting over a simple public speaking engagement.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said Thursday that the chaplain’s office of Andrews Air Force Base rescinded a long-standing invitation for him to speak at a prayer luncheon on base.

Mr. Perkins said military officials became concerned after he spoke out against President Obama’s call to Congress to lift all restrictions on service in the military by gays and lesbians, made during his State of the Union address.

Mr. Perkins said the base sent him a letter Jan. 29 informing him that his opinions were “incompatible” for “military members who serve our elected officials and our Commander in Chief.”

The lunch was off, in other words.

Mr. Perkins, a former Marine and an ordained minster, is worried about greater implications.

Read the full article at the Washington Times.

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