Joe Rehyansky, a Vietnam veteran and former part time judge in Hamilton County, Tennessee, has sparked controversy with outrageous comments posted to the Daily Caller website on November 26, 2010. Rehyansky submitted to the site his feelings regarding gays in the military, his support of lesbians serving for the U.S. and many other blasphemies in an article entitled "Don't hint, don't wink: an immodest proposal."
In the article, Rehyansky suggested his support of allowing "straight male GIs a fair shot at converting lesbians and bringing them into the mainstream." Rehyansky also contended that lesbians should be able to openly serve in the military but gays should not, for reasons of gay "promiscuity" and "the potential for disastrous health consequences" by transmitting HIV. Rehyansky defended his comments with: "Gays spread disease at a rate out of all proportion to their numbers in our population and should be excluded from the military...Shouldn'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?"
The Daily Caller edited and revised some of Rehyansky's article but not before several other sites caught some of the more controversial remarks. One of the removed comments included Rehyansky's inciting words: "My solution would get the distaff part of our homosexual population off our collective 'Broke Back,' thus giving straight male GI's a fair shot at converting lesbians and bringing them into the mainstream."
Interestingly, Rehyansky was fired for his job as a judge for "highly inappropriate comments" directed at female inmates during bond proceedings. One of his comments included: "I'm not giving you an OR bond because of the cleavage."