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Have Drag, Will Travel

Forget something on your trip... like your gender? No problem. Under new rules adopted by the State Department, travelers don't have to know who they are -- or even what they are -- to get a passport. Starting last Thursday, cross-dressers no longer need to undergo "sexual reassignment" surgery to change the gender listed on their passports. A doctor's note is all it takes to go from "M" to "F" and back again. Officials say the new policy was made "to coincide with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month." (Apparently, we're now relaxing U.S. security standards in conjunction with P.C. holidays.)

Although there was precious little about the change in the mainstream news, this is a major concession that affects all Americans. Passports are intended to be the most secure identification that our country offers. How can the people assigned to keep us safe do so when a possible suspect could be described as either "a man or a woman" depending on how they feel at that particular time? Florida officials voiced similar concerns back in 2002 when a Muslim woman insisted on wearing a burka in her driver's license photo. She lost her challenge in court over security concerns. Why? Because it's impossible to protect Americans when we let people hide their true identities. Unfortunately, this administration believes that safety isn't as important as "self-discovery." By letting people create their own realities, Washington is losing is grip on its own.

Rushing to Gomorrah

Hang on, radical special interest groups! Congress can only destroy the culture one bill at a time. At Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) weekly press conference, the House leader urged patience when homosexuals pressed her to move on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). First things first, Pelosi insisted. "...[W]e still have to finish 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the Speaker replied. "We were able to pass the bill with a 40-vote majority in the House of Representatives... before the break... But our work is not finished in that regard, so one thing at a time. ENDA is a personal priority for me," she promised, "and I [understand] the focus for that, but because the defense bill came up now, we did 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' first. But we want to finish that."

Meanwhile , the policy that Pelosi wants to finish -- or, more accurately, finish off -- is wreaking havoc on the military. Yesterday's Washington Post explained how Congress's actions have put our troops in a "strange state of limbo." The article described a few instances in which homosexuals are challenging the system now that the White House has relaxed the enforcement of DADT. More of them are "coming out" to their peers, which is creating difficult and tense moments in some units. In one case, a soldier at Fort Drum even "applied for married housing benefits on base with his male partner, whom he recently 'wed.'" His commanders opened an investigation, but none of them seemed to know how to deal with this question -- or many others. As Lt. Col. (Ret.) Bob Maginnis explains in our new paper "Mission Compromised," there is potential for chaos at every turn: from troop barracks and the military chaplaincy to partner benefits.

FRC will be tackling these topics -- and more -- next Tuesday, June 22 with the people who know this issue best. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) from the Senate Armed Services Committee will join us, as will retired Marine General John Sheehan, who served as the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic for NATO and as Commander-in-Chief for the U.S. Atlantic Command. FRC's Bob Maginnis will speak, along with Commander Jim Sims of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Austin Nimocks of Alliance Defense Fund, and Bryan Fischer of American Family Association. Circle your calendars for next Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. (ET) to hear from leaders who know exactly what's at stake in this debate.  





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