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The same arguments are used every time we expand who can serve, it affects unit cohesion, it is too costly, it is too disruptive. That was the argument used against integrating the armed forces in the 1940s. Those same arguments were used against recruiting large numbers of women in the'80s. The same arguments were used during the repeal of' don't ask, don't tell'.
It's a bigoted policy. It has not one shred of evidence behind it, in fact, all the evidence goes the other way. It goes against the basic American notion that it should be about what you can do and not who you are. ... To do this to patriots who are willing to serve -- not only willing, but eager to serve, who have raised their hands and said send me -- weakens our democracy and seriously weakens our military.