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  Perkins invite pulled over 'Don't Ask'
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Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  Feb 26, 2010 04:29pm
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AuthorJEN DIMASCIO
News DateFriday, February 26, 2010 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionTony Perkins, a critic of the president’s pledge to reverse the ban on gays in the military says Andrews Air Force Base pulled back a longstanding invitation for him to speak because of his views.

Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, is complaining publicly that he was invited last fall to speak this past at a prayer luncheon this past Thursday on the Maryland base, but two days after the President’s State of the Union Speech, Andrews disinvited him.

The Family Research Council has been lobbying lawmakers to oppose the repeal of don’t ask don’t tell. “Do not let our military be used to advance a radical sexual agenda,” says an item on the council’s web site.

Comments like that were too much for the military base.

“As a former Marine officer, I’m sure you understand the situation in which we find ourselves,” Air Force Chaplain Lt. Col. Gary Bertsch wrote Perkins as he cancelled the invitation. “As military members we are sworn to support our Commander in Chief, and are forbidden to make or support statements which run counter to our roles as members of the armed forces.”

“The Chaplain’s office retracted Mr. Perkins’ invitation after his recent public comments made many who planned to attend the event uncomfortable,” the Andrews base public affairs office said in a statement issued to CNS News late Thursday.
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