Politics

Ron Paul on Why He Now Supports Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

| by Reason Foundation

By Damon W. Root

The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel asked Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) why he changed his mind and now supports repealing the military's “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Here’s what Paul said:

"I have received several calls and visits from constituents who, in spite of the heavy investment in their training, have been forced out of the military simply because they were discovered to be homosexual," Paul said Friday.

"To me, this seems like an awful waste. Personal behavior that is disruptive should be subject to military discipline regardless of whether the individual is heterosexual or homosexual. But to discharge an otherwise well-trained, professional, and highly skilled member of the military for these reasons is unfortunate and makes no financial sense."