Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council has said Secretary Panetta’s decision to grant specific rights only to homosexuals “qualif[ies] as discrimination:”
“I think this does qualify as discrimination against opposite sex couples who are essentially in the same position, unmarried by living together,” said Peter Sprigg, senior fellow at the Family Research Council.
“If…the Department of Defense creates a new category of unmarried dependent or family member reserved only for same-sex relationships, the Department…itself would be creating a new inequity — between unmarried, committed same-sex couples and unmarried, committed opposite-sex couples,” the report said.
The report goes on to state that the “new inequity,” or even the perception of preferential treatment, would stand in stark contrast to the military’s “ethic of fair and equal treatment.”
The report went on to say this was primarily a concern if it was done “simultaneously with repeal” — though it didn’t say why it would stop being unequal treatment if it was implemented some time after repeal.
To summarize, consistent with the prior discussion, a Department of Defense review in 2010 said creating positions “reserved only for same-sex relationships” violates the military’s policies on “fair and equal treatment.”
The FRC says that is precisely what the DoD is now doing — to seemingly no criticism from the public or groups that claim to support “equal rights.”