Some Maine vets ask for repeal of don’t ask policy

Posted Dec. 03, 2010, at 6:05 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Some former military personnel and Maine civil libertarians want an end to the policy which bans gay and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

Veterans along with officials from the Maine Civil Liberties Union on Thursday asked Maine Republican Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe to vote to repeal the ban.

Collins supports allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. Snowe is studying a Pentagon report on the matter.

Dr. Christopher Bartlett, a physician and 10-year Army veteran who served in Iraq and Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm, says discharging servicemen and women because of their sexuality is a waste of human capital. Bartlett says it seems a high price to pay for prejudice.