Tony Perkins: Being fair to gay soldiers is unfair to straight soldiers!
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council and all-around terrible guy with bad ideas about the world, believes that a new policy granting gay soldiers seven days of extra leave time to get married discriminates against straight people:
Thanks to the Pentagon, taxpayers are giving gay service members quite a wedding gift. According to the Defense Department, homosexual troops are getting some extra incentives to get hitched -- including 10 days of bonus leave. The AP says gay and lesbian military members will get as many as two weeks of extra vacation time to travel to states that allow same-sex marriage.
Meanwhile, the Defense Department says it "remains committed to ensuring that all men and women who service in the U.S. military... are treated fairly." If that were true, heterosexual couples would be getting the same benefits. See, this special, taxpayer-funded leave isn't just expensive -- it's discriminatory. According to the Pentagon, heterosexual couples aren't eligible. How's that for equality?