Sam Nunn, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Advocate, Reconsiders Policy
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Originally posted by Amanda Terkel at Think Progress.
As chairman of the powerful Armed Forces Committee in the 1990s, then-Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA) led a series of hearings that helped undermine President Clinton’s attempt to lift the ban on gays and bisexuals serving openly in the military. Nunn faced strong opposition from gay and civil rights groups. As UPI reported in January 1993:
Nunn, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has opposed lifting the ban and had proposed a six-month waiting period during which federal hearings would be held to consider the impact of removing the restrictions.
“We are here today to call upon Sen. Sam Nunn to stop obstructing President Clinton’s effort to end discrimination in the United States military,” said Don George, the Atlanta field coordinator for the Human Rights Campaign Fund.
Speaking in Atlanta, GA today, however, Nunn indicated a shift in his views, saying that it may now be time to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT):
â€œI think [when] 15 years go by on any personnel policy, itâ€™s appropriate to take another look at it â€” see how itâ€™s working, ask the hard questions, hear from the military. Start with a Pentagon study,â€ Nunn said. […]
Pressed for his position on the matter, Nunn said, â€œIâ€™m not advocating anything â€” except Iâ€™m saying the policy was the right policy for the right time, and times change. Itâ€™s appropriate to take another look.â€