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Boxer Likens U.S. Military Ban on Gays to Iran, North Korea & Pakistan


America's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' ban on gays openly serving in the military is no better than the Communist and Islamic regimes of North Korea, Iran and Pakistan, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., told reporters Friday.

“We now stand with this rule with countries like Iran, North Korea and Pakistan in banning gays and lesbians from military service,” Boxer said. “Our brave young men and women fight alongside allies like Australia, the United Kingdom and others who allow gays and lesbians to serve openly. Let’s not stand with Pakistan and with North Korea and Iran.”

During her Friday press conference, Boxer called on her congressional colleagues to repeal the ban on homosexuals in the military with a lame-duck vote before the current session of Congress ends.

Boxer appeared with Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., a prime sponsor of the measure to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law. The measure is attached to a Department of Defense authorization bill that has passed the House of Representatives but remains stalled in the Senate.

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