Rep. Vicky Hartlzer isn't sure that reinstating a discriminatory, unnecessary and unpopular "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is enough to fully capture her disgust with gay, lesbian, or bisexual service members. Beyond just reinstating the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" rules, she'd also like the Pentagon to think about an "Ask, Separate Housing" plan.
After a 10-month Pentagon study found more than two-thirds of service members do not object to serving alongside openly gay soldiers, President Obama signed a defense bill that included ending the practice of expelling gay service members.
Hartzler - whose 4th Congressional District includes Whiteman Air Force Base and the Army's Fort Leonard Wood - told Fitzpatrick she and other Republicans oppose the change.
"I can tell you people on the committee, who are my side of the aisle, think it's very ill-advised and do not support that," Hartzler said, and are "pushing back."
Hartzler said that during a hearing with military brass she asked why, because separate housing exists for male and female troops, gays are not housed separately, too. She said a general, she did not know which, responded first with a gurgling-type noise before answering, "We're recruiting professionals."'
Hartzler's description led some in the crowd to laugh.
"So we have some work to do there," she said. "We're going to keep advancing the cause."
Laughter may not be the appropriate response here. Unless it's one of those awkward, nervous laughs that comes when someone asks you if you're embarrassed by the person who represents you and your community in Washington.
h/t Show Me Progress