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Don’t ask — redux

Gazette staff January 18th, 2012

Pining for the good old days when homosexuals couldn’t serve their country unless they did so while in a figurative closet? If so, you’re not alone.

State Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, is the author of House Bill 2195, which seeks to restore “don’t ask, don’t tell” to the Oklahoma National Guard.

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” was implemented in 1993 and barred gays from serving openly. Reynolds’ bill would reset requirements for the state militia to what they were on Jan. 1, 2009 — prior to the Obama administration’s scrapping of the controversial policy.

Several civil rights groups have denounced the legislation.

“When Oklahomans are in the midst of a crisis, do they really care about the sexual orientation of the person who is there to help them?” said Cimarron Alliance Executive Director Scott J. Hamilton. “It is unconscionable that a lawmaker would waste precious time and resources on something so blatantly bigoted.”

We’re faintly reminded of a 1996 study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, but dang if we can find it in our files right now.

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01.18.2012 at 11:06 Reply

Last time I checked, a soldier's desire do nasty things to someone of the opposite sex wasn't a litmus test for whether they can take a bullet for their country.

Frankly, you'd think that think these folk's general hatred for "The Gays" would ensure they'd be put on the front lines.  You know, just like "Operation: Get behind the Darkies" in South Park the movie.  

Perhaps someone needs to explain to them that if we keep sending our hetero soldiers off to die, we're most likely gaying up the place.  HA!