The public overwhelmingly supported repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. So did a large majority of members of the military. So did top Pentagon leaders. And as of last week, so do large majorities of lawmakers, including 65 senators. Yet only one of Kansas’ six members of Congress — outgoing Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa — voted to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, said in a statement that lifting the ban was “the wrong policy, at the wrong time, in the wrong place” and that “social experiments and political correctness should not be carried out in our military.” Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., voiced concern about the close combat units in the Marine Corps. “This is going to result in some very bad situations that could have been avoided, if we had taken it on a step-by-step basis,” he said.
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