A year and a day after its repeal, a leading Republican now wants to reinstate the United States military’s former Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy if his party takes control in November.
In an interview with left-wing advocacy group Think Progress, Jim Jordan said he supports going back to the previous policy.
When asked at the Values Voters Summit last Friday (14 September) if the GOP would pursue reinstating DADT, Jordan said he would support it.
He said: ‘I wasn’t for making the change that was made last few years ago in the lame duck session. I was certainly opposed to that, the change that the Obama administration made.
‘We’ll look at guidance from our military, but I’m certainly supportive of going back to the previous policy.’
Jordan had no answer for the men and women who have already announced their sexual orientation, and said he would have to think about ‘kicking out’ gay soldiers ‘would work in practice.’
The 48-year-old Republican was elected as the US representative for Ohio’s fourth congressional district in 2006.
While he may appear to have little effect in the House of Representatives, Jordan chairs the Republican Study Committee – a group of more than 160 right-wing congressmen dedicated to pushing social conservative causes.
If the Republican was to look at the military and studies after DADT, he would find men and women serving openly had no negative effect.
According to the first academic study on the results of the lifting of the ban, published by Palm Center, it found it had not damaged military morale, recruitment, retention in any way.
The study also found trust and cohesion in the troop had improved.