Asked about her position on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell during tonight’s Nevada Senate debate, Sharron Angle began by saying that lawmakers should defer the decision over wether or not to repeal the policy to the military, but then tried to conflate open service with same-sex marriage:
ANGLE: The policies within the military, especially this one are under review right now. And we should be waiting for the review of our military to make those decisions, not jumping ahead and making those decisions as Senator Reid tried to do when he put a provision of that provision in the defense bill. We and here in Nevada have been very careful to define marriage as between a man and a woman through two general elections. Over 70% of the population has voted to define marriage as between a man and a woman. I support what Mevada has done and I will represent our constituents on that basis.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) responded by suggesting that Angle “does not understand what went on in Washington” and reiterated that under the amendment included in the National Defense Authorization Act, DADT is not repealed until, President Obama, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen “certified it would not hurt our defense.”
Angle, still unclear on how the amendment works, responded with: “We should be looking at that review before we make bills based on that review. So the review needs to come first and then the bill. I submit to you that I do know the proces. The process is, read the bill first, then pass it.“