Updated on January 28, 2015
I wrote my Senator expressing extreme displeasure at the fact that the National Defense Authorization Act contained a repeal of Article 125 of the UCMJ, which forbids Sodomy and Bestiality. I just received the following response from Senator Cornyn (R-TX).
Dear Mr. Grisham:
Thank you for contacting me regarding changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) contained in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (FY 12 NDAA; H.R. 1540). I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this matter.
As you may know, the Senate version of the FY 12 NDAA (S. 1867) contained a provision that would have repealed UCMJ Article 125, which makes sodomy an offense punishable by court-martial. S. 1867 was referred to a conference committee to resolve the differences between this legislation and the House of Representatives-passed NDAA. As a conferee on that committee, I am pleased that the provision which would have repealed UCMJ Article 125 was stripped from the final version of the FY 12 NDAA (H.R. 1540), preventing this legislation from repealing or modifying UCMJ Article 125.
The readiness of our Armed Forces must always be the foremost consideration in any decision regarding military personnel policies, especially as our troops are serving in harm’s way in two active theaters of conflict. It was for this reason that I strongly opposed the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy—a policy which served our nation well for more than a decade. The United States Government has no higher purpose than keeping the American people safe from harm. Our national security depends on the ability of our Armed Forces’ to maintain military readiness at all times, which requires maintaining cohesive units consisting of competent, fully trained personnel who share a sense of common purpose and confidence in their unit’s ability to accomplish its mission.
I appreciate having the opportunity to represent the interests of Texans in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
United States Senator
I haven’t seen the final version as presented to President Obama to confirm, but Senator Cornyn hasn’t lied to me in the past, so I have no reason to doubt him now.