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Santorum: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Foolish

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the end of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that barred gays and lesbians from serving openly is a social experiment pushed by Democrats.

Santorum on Thursday said the military has one responsibility: protecting the country. He says that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly is a distraction to that role.

The former senator from Pennsylvania was responding to a video question from a gay soldier that yielded boos from the debate audience. Congress repealed the Clinton-era ban; it ended last Tuesday.

Santorum says that “sex is not an issue” and the government should leave it alone. He also says he would not expel the soldier who asked the question.

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