Under a new law signed Wednesday by President Obama, gay men and women will be allowed to openly serve in the military for the first time. DFL Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz says that's the way it should be.
Walz, who served in the Army National Guard for 24 years, voted to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" law.
"Always the issue for me was if you met the standards and did your job, your personal business was your personal business," Walz said on MPR's Midday program.
Walz said the military looks for uniformity in what they do, but is more concerned with unity.
More than 13,000 men and women were discharged from the military under "don't ask, don't tell." Officials now must work out plans to implement the new policy. Walz said he believes the transition to the new law will be orderly.
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