Oklahoma legislator hopes to bring back 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

By: Sara Humphrey Email
By: Sara Humphrey Email

ARDMORE, OK - An Oklahoma Legislator is pushing to reinstate a controversial policy concerning sexual orientation and the military.

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' banned gays from openly serving in the military, the policy was repealed by President Obama in 2010.

Oklahoma State Representative Mike Reynolds recently authored a bill that if passed, would reinstate 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' in the Oklahoma National Guard.

Reynolds said it means just what it says don't ask - don't tell.

"It doesn't say if you are gay you cant join the military, if you are gay you cant be in the military, what it says is don't go out there and promote it," Reynolds said.

The 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, put in place by former President Bill Clinton in 1993, prohibits gays from openly serving in the military, but was repealed by President Obama in 2010.

"It was a policy that was in place for 16 years and nobody except a couple of radical activists found any harm in the policy and as a pay off for those radical activitist for helping him become elected, President Barack Obama chose to reverse the policy," Reynolds said.

Reynold's recently authored house bill 2195 which would reinstate 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' in the Oklahoma National Guard and he said it's at the request of guard members.

"The main thing it will do is greatly encourage the moral of troops," Reynolds said. "They have certainly contacted me and said 'Hey we need this policy back.'"

Gay activist groups said sexual orientation is irrelevant to the duties of a national guardsman but Reynolds said after hearing hundreds of angry voice mails left for his receptionist, he is prepared to put up a fight.

"She's received hundreds of phone calls that are in the worst nature so there is a backlash yes, but I cant say I have received any backlash from any of my constituents," Reynolds said.

Reynolds said reinstating the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy in the Oklahoma National Guard is constitutional as long as the troops are under the command of the governor.

Last year a similar bill was proposed in the Virginia House of Representatives but turned down by the legislative committee.

The Oklahoma National Guard said they have no comment on Reynold's proposal.


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