Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has reiterated his call to undo repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the soon-to-be repealed law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly.

Pawlenty created a stir three weeks ago when he told the American Family Association's (AFA) Bryan Fischer that as president he would work to reinstate the law.

On his radio program, Fischer asked Pawlenty if he would sign a bill that would bring back the 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, considered a moderate Republican, said.

During a Monday appearance in Iowa at The Family Leader's Presidential Lecture Series, Pawlenty went further, adding that he's OK with withholding funds for implementing the law's repeal.

“We have to pay great deference, I think, to those combat units, their sentiments and their leaders,” he told the crowd. “That's one of the reasons why I said we shouldn't have repealed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and I would support reinstatement.”

When asked by Think Progress' Igor Volsky if he would support “rescinding the funds for implementation of repeal,” Pawlenty answered: “That would be a reasonable step as well.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)