Congressman Dana Rohrabacher votes against repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

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US Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Republican from California, testifies on the business perspectives of comprehensive immigration reform during a hearing by the US House Judiciary committee's subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, 06 June 2007.

Among the House members who voted last night to keep “don’t ask, don’t tell” was a congressman from Huntington Beach.

GOP Congressman Dana Rohrabacher says voting against a repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” isn’t anti-gay; it’s just practical.

"If someone has a natural sexual attraction to someone," he says, "that’s gotta be taken into consideration when trying to maintain discipline, especially from young people who are stationed overseas in the middle of very trying circumstances."

More than 25 countries allow openly gay and lesbian personnel to serve in the military. Rohrabacher dismissed that. "If we had to rely on Holland to defend the United States," he says, "I’m sure radical Islam will have already taken over our country, as it’s in the process of doing to Holland right now."

Rohrabacher says he thinks those who serve in the military should keep their personal lives to themselves so it doesn’t affect their job. The House measure says the military won’t drop “don’t ask, don’t tell” until the Pentagon completes a report on the policy. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure sometime next month.

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