Local Retired Army Colonel Wants Repeal Of DADT
Thursday, May 27, 2010
The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to repeal the 1993 law known as "don't ask, don't tell" and allow gays to serve openly in the military.
SAN DIEGO Many people in San Diego's gay community are waiting to see whether Congress will repeal the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. A retired army colonel in San Diego says it's time to do away with the policy.
For the first time, Congress is considering a repeal of the policy which prevents gays from serving openly in the military.
Retired Army Colonel Stewart Bornhoft lives in San Diego with his husband. He says Don't Ask, Don't Tell puts an added burden on local service members.
"And if they're under stress in Iraq or, now, Afghanistan, and they can't even talk about who's waiting for them at home then you put added stress on them in a combat situation," he said
San Diego has one of the largest military concentrations in the country.
Bornhoft says there are no official support groups in San Diego for gay service members. He says attending such a group violates Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Those who support the policy say it should not be overturned while the country is fighting two wars.