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Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 10:55am

Nunn Reverses On Military Gays

Updated: 4 years ago.
Former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn has reversed his position on the so-called "don't ask, don't tell" policy. (2007 U.S. State Department photo)

Former Senator Sam Nunn says Congress should repeal the militaries' “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy and allow gay men and women to serve openly in the military. Nunn was instrumental in crafting the original policy.

In 1993 Sam Nunn led the opposition to allowing gays and lesbians into the military. He was concerned at the time about unit cohesion.

He calls “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” a compromise that allowed gays to serve if they lied. Now Nunn says it’s time to let it go, but carefully.

“With two wars going on I would vote to repeal the law, but only if the president and if the secretary of defense commit to the county and to the military that they will take at least one year for training that is essential to make this policy work," Nunn says.

Two thirds of troops said repealing the law would have little impact, but 60 percent of those in combat said they’d for see problems if gays serve openly.

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