Congressman: Lifting 'Don't Ask' Will Mean Hermaphrodites

Duncan Hunter thinks it's a slippery slope
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2010 1:12 PM CST
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(Newser) – California congressman Duncan Hunter is raising a unique argument against repealing the ban on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The one-time GOP presidential candidate thinks allowing openly gay soldiers will destroy the "special bond" among soldiers by opening the military to "transgenders, to hermaphrodites, to gays and lesbians."

"That's going to be part of this whole thing," he tells NPR. "It's not just gays and lesbians. It's a whole gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual community. If you're going to let anybody no matter what preference—what sexual preference they have, that means the military is going to probably let everybody in. It's going to be like civilian life and ... I think that that would be detrimental for the military." (Read more Duncan Hunter stories.)

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