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Mixed opinions when it comes to Don't Ask, Don't Tell

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - The argument to end the practice of don't ask, don't tell has been gaining steam in recent years. In fact, a 2009 nationwide Gallup poll showed 69-percent of adults in favor of allowing gay men and women to serve openly in the military, up six percent from 2004.

East Texas veterans have mixed opinions over whether ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is a good idea.

"Every man and woman, no matter their religion or sexual orientation, color, whatever, ought to have the right to defend their country," said Brad Bemis, a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran.

"[It's] the wrong direction to go," said Billy Shivers, a U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran. "[It] should not be repealed and, also, there's no place in the military for homosexuals men or women."

"Well, I think it's kind of a waste of time to make a big issue out of it in my opinion," said Skip Whittle, a Navy veteran.

"I think it's just a terrible idea," said Amos Snow, a Vietnam veteran. "And, we have a bunch of problems that are coming to a head. The country is going broke without a doubt. The last thing we need to worry about is allowing gays to openly serve in the military."

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