Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Armed Services Committee's Levin Talks 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Poll

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Armed Services Committee's Levin Talks 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Poll

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin says he has no objection, in principle, to the Pentagon's current survey of active and reserve personnel about the potential repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward gays.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin says he has no objection, in principle, to the Pentagon's current survey of active and reserve personnel about the potential repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward gays.

"It is a very good idea to get the attitude of the troops on things providing it is clearly understood that it is just a question to help guide decision makers," the Michigan Democrat said at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast Tuesday.

The survey has been highly controversial with gay rights advocates who note that other major shifts in the military took place without military personnel being polled about the change. "It did not happen when it came to the inclusion of women, it did not happen with the ending of the discrimination against African Americans. No surveys were taken and I can understand the resentment, by the way, in the gay community, that this occurs now but not with those other efforts," Senator Levin said. …

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