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Romney: 'Now is not the time' to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

by PageOneQ

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, in speaking to CNN's Suzanne Malveaux about his backing of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) for president, said that the timing isn't right to repeal the military's ban on openly gay personnel.

"I think, particularly, in a time of conflict as we're experiencing in Iraq and Afghanistan," Romney said, "this is not the time to be putting in place a major change in policy...and trying to accommodate all of the adjustments that that would require.

"That's something which, clearly, we'll learn from the military and the people who are responsible for managing our troops down the road, but certainly now is not the time to make a change of that nature."

Four retired military officers have called for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in a study recently released by the Michael D. Palm Center. Openly gay service personnel, such as those seen among Israeli and British ranks, are unlikely to disrupt military operations or lower morale among servicemembers, the study suggested.

"Evidence shows that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly is unlikely to pose any significant risk to morale, good order, discipline or cohesion," the officers wrote.

The accompanying video was broadcast on CNN's The Situation Room on July 8, 2008.











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Originally published on Wednesday July 9, 2008.


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