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Ohio Senate Candidate Would Ban Gays From Serving In The Military

By Igor Volsky  

"Ohio Senate Candidate Would Ban Gays From Serving In The Military"

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Josh Mandel

Ohio Republican senate candidate Josh Mandel is one of the few Republicans to still oppose the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a policy that prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. During a debate on Thursday, Mandel said it was not a “good idea” to eliminate the ban and threw his support behind the state’s constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriages. Mandel explained that while he opposes equality for LGBT people, he will represent the interests of all Ohioans in Washington:

MANDEL: Well, on the military side, I disagree with [the repeal]. As far as the decision here in state of Ohio, I’m a supporter of marriage between one man and one woman. I believe in traditional marriage. At the same time, I want you to know I will do everything I can to represent every single person in the state of Ohio — all 11 and a half million people. Regardless of their background, regardless of their socioeconomic background, regardless of their race, their religion or any other characteristic…I’m going to be blind to race, religion, any other type of orientation here in the state of Ohio and when I go to Washington.

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Since the repeal of DADT, numerous studies have found that the change has had “no negative impact on military readiness, morale, or unit cohesion.”

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