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Activist: No Logical Reason to Delay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal

March 29, 2010

PHOENIX - Now that the Pentagon has relaxed enforcement of rules against gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military, a nationally-known civil rights activist and author says there's no reason to delay a full repeal of the policy. One-time Arizona State student David Mixner says Don't Ask, Don't Tell already has done enough damage.

"This unjust, horrific discriminatory law is totally unfair, has already destroyed 14,000 careers over the last decade, and has cost the American military some of their best and brightest soldiers."

Fears of same-sex harassment raised by those against repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell are unfounded, says Mixner.

"Gays and lesbians have already been serving in the military and the biggest problem the military has with sexual misconduct is men sexually harassing women; heterosexual misconduct."

Mixner foresees no political backlash for members of Congress who support gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military.

"Two-thirds of the American people support this. When polls are taken even among conservatives and religious conservatives, it's about 15th on the list of things they care about."

Advocates say gays and lesbians already are serving in the military with distinction and honor in a number of other countries with no problems.

Congressional Republicans strongly oppose repealing the policy. Those who wish to repeal the rule argue waiting until next year to do so will simply mean more careers and lives will be unjustly destroyed. Mixner is being honored in June by the gay and lesbian advocacy group, Equality Arizona.

Doug Ramsey, Public News Service - AZ