Veteran groups resist ‘don’t ask’ repeal

February 8, 2010

By: Rowan Scarborough,

The nation’s two most prominent veterans groups have come out in opposition to President Obama’s plan to end the military’s long-standing ban on open homosexuals in the ranks.

The opposition from the American Legion, the largest American veterans group, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, comes as the White House has begun a push in Congress to repeal the law this year.

Pro-gay groups received a significant boost Tuesday when the U.S.’s highest-ranking military officials, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the Joint Chiefs chairman, told the Senate Armed Services Committee they support ending the gay ban, known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Stiff opposition is expected, and spokesmen for the VFW and the Legion told The Washington Times on Wednesday their groups do not want to see military readiness disrupted while the armed forces are fighting two wars. The two groups have more than 4 million members combined.

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