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Ros-Lehtinen: Repeal `don't ask, don't tell'

BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

Roslehtinen_1Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said today that she will again co-sponsor a bill allowing openly gay men and women to serve in the U.S. military.

''I have a stepson and a daughter-in-law in military service who have proudly served our country in Iraq, and my daughter-in-law will soon be deployed to Afghanistan, so I am familiar with the great need that our country has to have our best and brightest wear our nation's uniform,'' the Miami Republican said by e-mail. ``One's sexual orientation should not be a factor in their ability to serve.''

On Wednesday, Rep. Marty Meehan, D-Mass., plans to reintroduce the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill to repeal the military's ''don't ask, don't tell'' ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel.

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This is the first time that this congresswoman has done something I admire. I have worked with gays in the Federal Govt. and they do their work as required.

This is certainly interesting news. I'll have to see how this is reported in other news organizations. I bet the Florida Republican Party isn't all that happy about it, though

(I'd like to know what Rep Adam Putnam thinks about it -- he's the 'up and coming' young Republican who represents part of Tampa, also Plant City, Lakeland, etc)

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