Step aside, masturbation, because there’s a brand new concept that Christine O’Donnell is now comparing to adultery.
The Republican nominee for Delaware’s US Senate seat on Wednesday night likened the possibility of gays serving openly in the military to having an “adulterous affair,” during a C-SPAN debate with her Democratic opponent Chris Coons.
“The military already regulates personal behavior in that it doesn’t allow affairs to go on within your chain of command,” O’Donnell said, arguing against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” “It does not allow if you are married to have an adulterous affair within the military. So the military already regulates personal behavior because it feels that it is in the best interest of our military readiness.”
The remarks were reported by Igor Volsky of Think Progress.
The 1990s-era law “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” forces gays to conceal their sexuality while serving in the military, and on Monday was banned worldwide by a federal judge via its implementation.
Military leaders, who during the 1990s favored the law, have increasingly come to reject its central premise: that openly gay servicemen and women could damage the military’s effectiveness. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, this year championed the law’s repeal.
O’Donnell’s view on the matter might be colored by the fact that she has described homosexuality as “an identity disorder.”
“People are created in God’s image,” she said in a 2006 interview with the Wilmington News Journal, according to the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent. “Homosexuality is an identity adopted through societal factors. It’s an identity disorder.”
Sixty-seven percent of the US populace favors allowing gays to serve openly in the military, according to a CNN poll conducted weeks ago.
O’Donnell, a former Christian activist who famously compared masturbation to adultery, is tearing down barriers all over the place with regard to what types of arguments US Senate candidates are willing to make on social issues.
She is far behind Coons in the polls and, absent a drastic turnaround, appears poised to suffer a crushing defeat in the Nov. 2 election.
O’Donnell has also said that “evolution is a myth” — a statement she declined to defend when pressed during the debate.
The following video is of O’Donnell’s “Don’t Ask” remarks, uploaded by Think Progress.