An Expert Discusses Bringing Gay Troops to Repeal Debate

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Last week’s call for temporary immunity to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” for gay soldiers testifying at Congressional hearings for repeal, introduced in a bill by Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, could put more pressure on the Obama administration to end the counterproductive and incredibly expensive Clinton-era compromise. Today I spoke with Nathaniel Frank, author of Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America and senior research fellow at the Palm Center at the University of California in Santa Barbara, about the latest developments. Read the interview here.

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