A 14-year-old bisexual high school student challenged Rick Perry on his support for reinstating 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' during an event in Decorah, Iowa (video below).
“I just want to know why you’re so opposed to gays serving openly in the military, why you want to deny them that freedom when they’re fighting and dying for your right to run for president,” Rebecka Green, asked the Texas governor.
Perry attributed his position to his faith and the sin of homosexuality: “Here’s my issue. This is about my faith, and I happen to think, you know, there are a whole hosts of sins. Homosexuality being one of them, and I’m a sinner and so I’m not going to be the first one to throw a stone."
"I happen to think as a commander in chief of some 20,000 plus people in the military is not good public policy, and this president was forced by his base to change that policy and I don’t think it was good policy, and I don’t think people in the military thought it was good policy.”
However, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen did support repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' as did Defense Secretary Robert Gates who said in November, 2010, that the ban on openly gay military service "requires people to lie."
"We spend a lot of time in the military talking about integrity and honor and values. Telling the truth is a pretty important value in that scale," Gates said when he released the Pentagon study showing that most people currently in uniform don't care about the ban.