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Better Know Bachmann: Would Reinstate DADT, Regardless of Obama’s Certification

Last Friday, President Obama certified the repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," setting into motion the 60-day process to end the discriminatory law banning lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals from serving opening in the military once and for all. The significance of the President’s signature cannot be overlooked, particularly considering some of the GOP presidential candidates' support of DADT.

Five of the seven GOP presidential candidates present at the June 13th debate in New Hampshire said that they would reinstate "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell."

Rep. Michele Bachmann even went as far to agree with the moderator’s prompt that she will seek to uphold DADT, regardless of what the Obama administration accomplishes in its repeal.

Bachmann also told the St. Cloud Times in May 2010, that she supported DADT because, “It worked.”

Indeed, the homophobic policy worked to keep lesbian and gay services members from serving openly. DADT also permitted the military to discharge any service member if their sexual orientation became known. The law purported that open lesbian and gay service "would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability." It is a false claim that took 17-years, the President, the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to debunk.

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