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"Converting" lesbians in the military?

HERE'S A new one: a Tennessee judge thinks that lesbians should be allowed into the military--so that male soldiers can "convert" them to heterosexuality.

Writing in conservative news site The Daily Caller, Joseph Rehyansky, an Army veteran and part-time magistrate in Hamilton County, Tenn., stated that "Lesbians should be allowed to serve, gay men should not."

His reasoning? When it comes to men, he wrote, "[S]houldn't the overwhelmingly straight warriors who answer their county's call be spared the indignity of showering with other men who achieve lascivious enjoyment from the sight of those lithe naked bodies, and who may be tempted to seek more than the view? They are, after all, guys."

Because, of course, gay men are incapable of controlling themselves around straight men.

Using lunatic pseudoscience to bolster his claims, Rehyansky argued that, early on in human history, "It fell to men to swing through the trees and scour the caves in search of as many women as possible to subdue and impregnate--a tough job but someone had to do it."

Subdue and impregnate? The man seems to have watched Quest for Fire one time too many.

Rehyansky concluded that his lesbians-but-no-gays-in-the-military policy "would get the distaff part of our homosexual population off our collective 'Broke Back,' thus giving straight male GIs a fair shot at converting lesbians and bringing them into the mainstream."

It's not precisely clear what he meant by "converting," but as RawStory.com pointed out, it seems the judge might have been "suggest[ing] corrective rape for lesbian soldiers."

The Daily Caller later removed the "converting lesbians" bit from Rehyansky's piece. But as blogger Amanda Hess noted at TBD.com, Rehyansky seemed to be suggesting that "[o]nce all the lesbians are easily accessible in one place, an army of straight dudes will turn them all straight, presumably through that time-tested tactic of subduing and impregnating women against their will."