Rep: Don't Let Your Gayness Interfere With Mission

Todd Akin explains why repealing DADT wasn't necessary
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2010 7:32 AM CST

(Newser) – Rep. Todd Akin has no problem with gays in the military—just so long as their “gayness” doesn’t become an issue. In fact, the congressman was on Fox News last night explaining why the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell wasn’t really necessary, Mediaite reports. “There’s a misunderstanding. If people are gay, they can serve in the military now,” he explained. “It’s just that they can’t allow their ‘gayness’ to get in the way of getting the mission done.”

Later, he wondered how the repeal will change the military’s “rules”: “Somebody can be openly gay, well, to what degree?” Watch the entire interview in the gallery.

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