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Texoman's Speak out About Don't Ask Don't Tell

Across the country openly gay individuals have walked into military recruiting offices determined to sign up to defend America's freedoms. It didn't last long.

A Federal Court of Appeals has placed a temporary freeze on a District Court decision that banned the U.S. military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.

We spoke with a Texoma recruiter on the original ban of the policy.

"According to the most recent policy is that we cannot disqualify a person based on their lifestyle," said First Sergeant Gerard H. Bell, United States Army.

It's been 36 hours since the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy was banned in the United States. Meaning for the first time in US history the military is accepting openly gay recruits.

"I feel like if anyone wants to save their country and do something to represent our country regardless if they're gay or not I feel like they have that privilege," said Roslyn Griffin, Texoman Resident.

President Barack Obama agrees, but his administration is appealing the ruling. He feels the order should come from congress, not a federal judge. "Don't Ask Don't Tell" in place or not First Sergeant Bell says it's not their policy to ask about lifestyle.

"When a person comes to a recruiting station we don't try to prejudge them and ask where they come from or ask what type of lifestyle they live we treat them as Americans which everybody is," said First Sergeant Bell.

And people across Texoma agree.

"If they want to keep quiet or they want to tell it shouldn't be either way I mean that's the way they want to live and that's what the freedom of our country is to live the way you choose to live," said Donna Tate, Texoman Resident.

But at the end of the day, First Sergeant Bell agrees with the decisions that will benefit the country as a whole.

"That is a great thing about being a soldier I represent the United States of America and I trust that those above me who make those decisions are making the decisions for the right reasons so as a soldier I follow those orders and regulations and make sure my soldiers follow them too, " said First Sergeant Bell.

 

Samantha Jordán, Newschannel Six.

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