Keeping It Straight

Perot and the Pentagon draw a hard line against gays

Uncle Ross wants you -- unless, perhaps, you're gay. On ABC's 20/20, Barbara Walters discussed with Ross Perot whether he would have an "admitted homosexual" serve in his Cabinet in a post such as Secretary of Defense, Treasury or Education. "No," Perot declared, "I don't want anybody there that will be a point of controversy with the American people. It will distract from the work to be done." He added that it's not "realistic" for homosexuals to serve in the military.

Perot, of course, is only supporting national policy. The Washington National Guard, upholding Pentagon regulations, just informed Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer...

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