John McHugh Clarifies "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Statement
Oswego, NY – John McHugh, U.S. Army Secretary, said there is no moratorium on "don't ask, don't tell," the law that bans homosexuals from serving openly in the military.
McHugh wanted to clarify statements he made earlier this week where he said it would be counterproductive to pursue discharging gay service members.
Soldiers who want to speak with him about the policy won't be treated as confidential and could be forced out of the military.
However, according to the New York Times, McHugh said when he speaks to gay soldiers on the topic, it's at times random and informal. Therefore, he's unable to identify those service members and is not in a position to formally pursue the issue.
Congress is considering repealing "don't ask, don't tell."
John McHugh used to be a Republican Congressman from Northern New York.