Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty said on Wednesday that as president he would work to reinstate “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the soon-to-be repealed law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly, first reported.

Pawlenty is making media appearances to promote his new book Courage to Stand: An American Story and raise his profile for a possible 2012 presidential bid.

The 50-year-old Pawlenty is considered a moderate Republican, but his decision to appear on the radio program of the American Family Association's (AFA) Bryan Fischer has raised eyebrows.

The Southern Poverty Law Center cited Fischer's anti-gay rhetoric in their decision to place the AFA on its list of known hate groups.

Fischer has argued for the criminalization of gay sex – “Homosexual sex should be just as against the law as injection drug use is” – and has asserted that “homosexuals controlled the Nazi Party and helped orchestrate the Holocaust,” that “homosexuals molest children at far higher rates than heterosexuals,” that “hate crime laws will lead to the jailing of pastors who criticize homosexuality and the legalization of practices like bestiality and necrophilia,” and that being gay is a choice.

On the radio program, Fischer asked Pawlenty if he would sign a bill that would bring back the military's gay ban.

“I've been a public supporter of maintaining 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and I would support reinstating it as well,” Pawlenty said. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)