Ben Carson says bringing back ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ might be a good ideaAround the Nation, Online Only, Top Highlights Wednesday, January 6th, 2016
Ben Carson may have re-invigorated his presidential campaign with firings and hirings but his anti-LGBT stance shows no signs of abating.
During an interview with CNN Carson’s new campaign chair, retired Major Gen. Robert F. Dees, said he wanted to restrict the role of women in the military and bring back the days of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Carson if he “would consider revoking the Obama administration’s moves to open the military and combat roles to LGBT troops and women.” Carson affirmed that he would consider the idea, putting thousands of currently serving troops at risk.
Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reacted swiftly to the comments calling on all presidential candidates to repudiate the suggestion from Ben Carson that he would be open to returning to a policy in the military where gay, lesbian, and bisexual troops are prevented from serving openly, and continuing to bar transgender troops from openly serving.
“Ben Carson showed us once again how unfit he is to be commander in chief by entertaining the idea of firing thousands of currently serving military personnel who happen to be LGBT, even while we battle threats like ISIS,” said HRC spokesperson Stephen Peters, a Marine veteran discharged under DADT. “Such archaic and offensive ideas are dangerously foolish, and all candidates should immediately make clear that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should remain a relic of the past.”
For 17 years, DADT prohibited qualified gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans from serving openly in the Armed Forces and sent a message that discrimination was acceptable. A 2010 study also found that women and minorities were disproportionately discharged under DADT. From World War II until the end of DADT, an estimated 114,000 service members were discharged from the military because of their sexual orientation.
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