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N A T I O N A L G A Y & L E S B I A N T A S K F O R C E
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Robert Bray, NGLTF
NEWT GINGRICH DISAGREES WITH ANTI-GAY MILITARY POLICY;
CONSERVATIVE LEADER "DOESN'T SEE ANY REASON" FOR DISCHARGING GAYS
Washington, D.C., Feb. 4, 1992... .Arch-conservative Congressional
leader Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) has taken exception to the U.S.
military's policy of investigating and discharging gay and
lesbian service members, saying he doesn't "see any necessary
reason to expel someone from the military" for their private
Rep. Gingrich, Minority Whip and one of the most influential
Republicans in the Congress, has made a name for himself as a
hardline conservative. He received an "F" on the National Gay
and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) Congressional Report Card for the
NGLTF lobbyists were surprised at Gingrich's statement and
said it could influence other members of Congress to sign onto a
pro-gay military resolution now in the House and Senate.
Gingrich made his comments during an editorial luncheon at
the New Republic magazine on January 23, 1992. Conversation
during the meeting was on the record and was taped by C-SPAN for
later broadcast. NGLTF media director Robert Bray obtained a
transcript of the interview and alerted Hill staffers.
According to the transcript, when first questioned on the
subject of gays in the military Gingrich responded in a round-
about, somewhat equivocal manner and focused on "sexual
exploitation." However, when pressed on the issue, he stated:
"I don't see any necessary reason to expel someone from the
military for purely private sexual behavior."
Gingrich also said, according to the transcript, that the
military should not differentiate between treatment of
homosexuals and heterosexuals who engage in sexual
"exploitation," but did not elaborate on what that meant.
The exchange between New Republic editor Andrew Sullivan and
Rep. Gingrich went as follows:
Sullivan: "What's you position on the military? Why shouldn't
homosexuals be admitted to the military?"
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