Retired Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis, a senior
fellow for national security at the Christian conservative group
Family Research Council (FRC), is calling for the next president to
reinstate “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”
The military policy that banned gay and
bisexual troops from serving openly ended on Tuesday, nearly 18 years
after its implementation and 9 months after Congress authorized its
repeal. More than 13,000 service members were drummed out of the
military for violating the policy.
Miginnis on Thursday told
that he would like to see reinstatement of the policy become an issue
in the upcoming election cycle.
“They did not tell the Pentagon that
homosexuals have to serve; they just said we're removing this law,”
Miginnis said. “So, a new president could impose a new regulation,
or, for that matter, Congress could pass a law saying, 'We now
prohibit the service by people that are known to be homosexual.'
That's easily done.”
“Even though it would be the right
thing to do, it would take a very courageous future leader to do
anything about it,” he added.
In fact, three GOP presidential
candidates, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick
Santorum, Minnesota Rep. Michele
Bachmann, and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, have
already vowed to undo DADT repeal, if elected. Cain,
however, walked back his comments.