Rusk said, “ I understand that we are being picketed by a group of homosexuals. The policy of the department is, that we do not employ homosexuals knowingly and that if we discover homosexuals in our department , we discharge them.” This matter of fact decision by our government disturbed Kameny. I feel that whatever you do in your bedroom with whoever is none of my business and should not be a factor in anyone’s job performance at work.
Kameny went on TV and had the courage to rebut very strongly and said,” Every American citizen has the right to be considered by his government on the basis of his own personal merit as an individual. Certainly some homosexuals are poor risks but this is no possible excuse for penalizing all homosexuals.”