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Oklahoma lawmaker wants to reinstate ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ for state’s National Guard

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City Republican lawmaker has introduced a measure that would reinstate the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy to ban openly gay service members in the Oklahoma National Guard.

Mike Reynolds

State Rep. Mike Reynolds authored a measure that would prohibit anyone who was ineligible to serve in the U.S. armed forces under federal regulations that were in effect on Jan. 1, 2009, from serving in the state’s Guard.

Reynolds said the state is allowed to set its own standards for service in the National Guard and is not required to duplicate standards for the rest of the U.S. military.

House Bill 2195 would amend existing state law that allows any able-bodied U.S. citizen and who is at least 18 years old and not yet 70 to serve in the Oklahoma National Guard.

When contacted by LGBTQ Nation on Tuesday, the spokesman for the Guard, Lt. Colonel Max Moss said that the Guard would not comment on the pending legislation.

A spokesperson for Reynolds said Tuesday that the measure was being introduced in response to requests from members of the Oklahoma National Guard.

Toby Jenkins, executive director of Tulsa-based Oklahomans for Equality, told LGBTQ Nation that Reynolds’ measure is mean-spirited and damaging to the morale of gay Oklahoma Guard troops that are currently serving in combat operations in Afghanistan.

He said his group is opposed to the the bill, urging the state’s other legislators to kill the measure.

Jenkins also pointed out that it was the Tulsa based group’s center that had U.S. Military recruiters on the premises the day that DADT was formally repealed last September 20th ready to sign up new recruits.

“Oklahoma has serious pressing issues — meth crimes, prisons that are filling up too fast, schools that aren’t working and this is the issue he picks as the most serious in need of attention?” Jenkins said.

“The other disturbing aspect to his bill,” Jenkins added, “is that there is a section which would allow for a potential recruit to be interrogated about their sexual orientation — this is simply intrusive.”

Jenkins said that his group will work with LGBTQ allies in the state legislative committee where it currently is pending to try to stop the bill before it comes to a floor vote.

“It is this sort of thing, Reynolds and, well, even Sally Kern, which gives other people the idea that every Oklahoman is homophobic,” Jenkins said.

“But that is not the reality. The truth is that there are more inclusive and accepting persons in this state than outright bigots,” he said.

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42 more reader comments:

  1. So obnoxious

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:02pm
  2. Rot in hell stupid old fucker.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:07pm
  3. Yet another blockhead in Oklahoma. I can say that, I live here. But before comments begin to bash the whole state, remember all the people in Oklahoma are not homophobes and the gay community here puts up a good fight. Look what we’re dealing with – we have Sally Kern too.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:08pm
  4. Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:08pm
  5. Just another GOP HATER….geeze!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:08pm
  6. Haven’t heard any news reports on the negative affects of its repeal…. why reinstate something that doesn’t need to be there.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:09pm
  7. I mean come on are these people serious?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:11pm
  8. no way!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:12pm
  9. are those ass holes all in the same closet over there? we pretty much reserve this kind of hate over here in the Ozarks for LSU, Les Miles,and fire ants.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:13pm
  10. If they do, we’d have to start a new law suit since the mooted the last one.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:14pm
  11. THere are so many in the closet GOP folk that dont want gay people out the closet because they afraid of THEIR business getting exposed its ridiculous

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:15pm
  12. Woooow!! What an idiot. o_o;

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:17pm
  13. IS there a way to stop them from going forward with reinstating this policy? This is terrible! We need to try and not allow this I don’t want Louisiana to do the same.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:21pm
  14. this just disgusts me!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:22pm
  15. Pathetic.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:23pm
  16. Gawd! I wonder if Scrotorum and he had the same priest as choir boys. Cock holsters!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:30pm
  17. LOL He’s from Oklahoma girls! Nobody pays attention to that state xP

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:31pm
  18. I think someone needs to take some rights away from them. Are they scared that a gay person can serve like straight people can or they wont take a bullet for their team. Gays have served in the military ever since they formed. I dont care who anyone sleeps with, well as long as they are 2 consulting adults. Other than that whatever floats their boat. Why are they so afraid of gays? Are they in the closet? They need to wake up and treat all people the same no matter if they are gay, straight, bi, trans, black, white hispanic and so on. Get a grip!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:33pm
  19. WTF ><

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:39pm
  20. In WWII.
    DID WE ASK?
    WHO DID WHAT?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:41pm
  21. A-hole!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 10:44pm
  22. FUCK Y’ALL OK!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 11:01pm
  23. And I’ll Say It Again, That Mike Reynolds Should Just STFU! :-(( #DADT #Discrimination #OklahomaEquality

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 11:05pm
  24. Ass-hat.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 11:05pm
  25. Nazi.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 11:06pm
  26. Go F yourself!!! Where is #OccupyOK?? What is with rich white dudes and their fear of the gays?? Oh, I see… we will find out this guy sucks more c**k than Perez Hilton, right?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 11:14pm
  27. Douche bag hypocrite bigot.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 11:34pm
  28. Well, Lousyana sucks so far. I can’t find one good friend here. It’s all cause of this retarded hate. This fear people have for being my friend cause I am out. They are not and if they aren’t gay…they are afraid they’d get mistaken as a lover. (When I am one of the few MEN out there that will respect a guys body.) Hate sucks.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 11:44pm
  29. makes me think he is getting tired of being asked if he likes dick

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 12:24am
  30. I’m so tired of this shit!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 12:50am
  31. Wow… So dumb and absolutely pathetic

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 1:16am
  32. What an assbag.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 2:03am
  33. Where are the FUCKING JOBS. I thought that was the reason these excuse for humans were elected into office

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 5:52am
  34. nothing bad happened after the repeal, and yet they still want to reinstate DADT. sounds stupid and nonsensical. They need to shut up and get used to the idea that LGBT are people too.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:11am
  35. Im embarrassed to live in this state. Such ignorant bigots!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 6:54am
  36. 3 steps forward, 2 steps back, when will they give up and just let us be, its inevitable that we will win the day and its just a matter of time. We will never give up, we will not go away!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:33am
  37. And while they’rre overseas serving as part of a unified command, they will have to follow different rules because of their home state’s laws. Like that will work.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 8:06am
  38. bigoted jerk.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 8:51am
  39. East rabbit shit, mr Lawmaker!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 9:03am
  40. We’re Here We’re Queer, Get Used To It!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 9:21am
  41. DADT violates Freedom of Speech.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 2:40pm
  42. Probably got caught with a big dick in his mouth, paid off the blackmailer and comes up with this scheme so people won’t think he’s gay. “Me thinks you protest too much reynolds.” Its really an old, old, saying but in his case its true.

    Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 3:57pm