While Mitt Romney recently told the Des Moines Register editorial board that he would not reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and would continue to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, chief rival Newt Gingrich is taking a far different tact — doubling down on his support for the now defunct ban.
In a survey released today, Gingrich “told the Military Culture Coalition he would have voted against allowing open homosexuals in the military and, as president, would favor an extensive review for repeal of the gay ban“:
On other survey questions, Mr. Gingrich said he supported the federal marriage law, which Mr. Clinton also signed. Mr. Gingrich said he would not impose penalties on service members who spoke out against the gay ban repeal.
He would also oppose military gay pride events. He would not allow transgender people, such as cross-dressers or transsexuals to serve.
During a town hall in September, Gingrich claimed that “you can certainly reverse the president’s position on social engineering in the military” and suggested that the Obama administration has “extraordinary anti-military prejudice.”
Military leaders have not reported any problems or disruptions since Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was officially repealed on Sept. 20.