Thursday’s 234-194 vote in the House to begin a process ending “don’t ask, don’t tell” attracted five Republican voters: Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.), Rep. Charles Djou (R-Ha.), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.).
Ron Paul explained why he voted in favor of repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell”:
Ron Paul: “I have received several calls and visits from constituents who, in spite of the heavy investment in their training, have been forced out of the military simply because they were discovered to be homosexual. To me, this seems like an awful waste. Personal behavior that is disruptive should be subject to military discipline regardless of whether the individual is heterosexual or homosexual. But to discharge an otherwise well-trained, professional, and highly skilled member of the military for these reasons is unfortunate and makes no financial sense.” (Source)
Of the 13,500 members of the military who have been discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell” more than 1,000 filled critical occupations, such as engineers and interpreters.