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Gibson airs concerns over DADT repeal

Dec 20, 2010 12:18 pm
[caption id="attachment_1383" align="alignleft" width="195" caption="Chris Gibson opens his campaign headquarters in Kinderhook May 12, 2010."][/caption]Congressman-elect Chris Gibson was on Susan Arbetter's "The Capitol Pressroom" radio show (which will soon air on WGXC Mon-Fri at 11 a.m.; listen to recording here) Monday morning and discussed his concerns with the repeal in Congress on Saturday of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy about homosexuals in the armed forces. “If gay men or lesbians, if they’re serving openly, it could impact the cohesion of the unit, the trust of the unit as it stands today,” he told Arbetter, according to Capitol Confidential. “I think with leadership, I believe we’re going to be able to mitigate a lot of that through tolerance discussions and focus on effectiveness and combat readiness. I don’t think this is something that can’t be overcome.... Leadership is going to have to be involved in drafting new policies that support (the repeal) — everything from barracks policies to interactions among service members, all these things are going to have to be policies,” Gibson said. “Not that it can’t be done; Susan, it can be done, but it’s going to take time to do it.”