Livingston: S.C. Guard can cope with Don't Ask repeal

A look back at March candidate interview

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Military leaders are now calling on Congress to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell by the end of the year. The move came after a survey of service members and analysis from the Pentagon found little reason to keep the policy. Under DADT, the Congress has forbidden gay and lesbian troops from revealing same-sex relationships.

While asking for a "reasonable" amount of time to implement the change, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the military could handle having openly gay troops. We heard something similar earlier this year in an interview with S.C. Adjutant General-elect Bob Livingston, whose primary responsibility will be leading the state's national guard.

"We will probably have some individual challenges," Livingston told us at the time. "But, overall, military people are well-disciplined. We're serving because we want to serve our country." The military has always been able to adjust to the changing nature of social issues, Livingston says. "Because of our common mission and our bond with one another — you get into combat and you don't care."

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