Ohio delegation split on gays in military


Ohio delegation split on gays in military

The Columbus Dispatch – Democratic Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy of Columbus and Sen. Sherrod Brown liked what they heard this week from the military's top commander about repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

But GOP Rep. Pat Tiberi of Genoa Township and Sen. George V. Voinovich want to hear more before they make up their minds – and noted that the military will be studying how to move forward on the issue. Several other Ohio Republican lawmakers remain leery or outright opposed to a repeal of the policy.

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told lawmakers this week that he supports repealing the policy banning gays and lesbians who are open about their sexual orientation from serving in the military. That followed President Barack Obama's calling for the repeal during his State of the Union address last week.

Brown supports that repeal, said Meghan Dubyak, spokeswoman for the Ohio Democrat.

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