Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has joined former Governors Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas in calling for the reinstatement of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly.

In January, Pawlenty was the first social conservative Republican to say that as president he would fight for the law's return.

On the radio program of the American Family Association's (AFA) Bryan Fischer, Pawlenty said he would sign such a bill.

“I've been a public supporter of maintaining 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and I would support reinstating it as well,” Pawlenty said.

Earlier this week, a second Republican considering a run at the White House backed the idea.

Mike Huckabee told the AFA's One News Now that he would support reinstatement.

“I would – because that's really what the military wants. There's been some talk that the military is fine with having same-sex orientation people. But if you really surveyed the combat troops, that is not at all the case.”

The former Baptist minister added that soldiers, not politicians, should decide the issue.

“I don't think that these are decisions that politicians should make,” he said. “These are decisions that soldiers should make. And when the soldiers in the foxholes make the decisions, they choose something different – and we should listen to them.”

On Fischer's program Thursday, Haley Barbour joined the chorus, saying that an “amorous mindset” would interfere with critical decision making on the battlefield.

“When you're under fire and people are living and dying of split-second decisions you don't need any kind of amorous mindset that can affect saving people's lives and killing bad guys,” Barbour told his host. “You look at the data and it is the foot soldier that is the person who is out there, boots on the ground, who was most against this.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)