Frelinghuysen opposes changing policy on gays

I recall a few years ago when Rodney Frelinghuysen was asked at a town meeting about some issue regarding gays. He responded forcefully, “I am against discrimination” of gays.

One wishes the congressman would have responded just as forcefully last night when the House voted to repeal the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” policy regarding gays.

Rodney, sadly, voted against the repeal and in favor of continued discrimination.

Here is what he said:

“On President Obama’s direction, the Department of Defense is now conducting a year-long, comprehensive study as to the effects of repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on the force.   The House vote short-circuits this ongoing Pentagon review, due in December, and denies our men and women in uniform a chance to have their voices heard.

“The four military Service chiefs have expressed concerns in writing about changing the law before they could fully evaluate its impact on military personnel and their families, recruiting and retention and a range of benefits, particularly in the middle of two wars. 

“Unlike the President, I oppose the so-called compromise repeal because it prejudges the issue.  Yesterday’s House action was highly disrespectful of our men and women in uniform

 Good God, if you relied on the military chiefs, nothing would change.  The House got it right. The vote disrespects no one in uniform. What disrespects them is a policy of discrimination.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

One Response to Frelinghuysen opposes changing policy on gays

  1. Hogwash says:


    The house leadership said they were going to vote before getting the study because they do not feel they will have the votes in January. How about that, cramming it down our throats again.

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