With the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy slowly being peeled away, Yankton’s Rev. Dave Gunderson was asked how chaplains will respond to the change.
I was one of the observers cheering on the decision to allow people of different sexual orientations to serve their country openly and not in fear that their “secret” would get out. It is patently absurd that the policy ever existed in the first place. Hopefully sooner rather than later, the military will actually fully repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the United States will join its peers.
Here is the story on Gunderson:
YANKTON, S.D. — (AP) – A South Dakota National Guard chaplain who oversaw other chaplains in Afghanistan says he doubts any of them will leave the military if gays are allowed to serve openly.
The Rev. Dave Gunderson’s denomination, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, favors keeping the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in place, and he believes most chaplains feel the same way. But he says, “The chaplains I worked with — I would say not one of them would leave. They just saw it as another challenge in the ministry that they have.” He says chaplains have been told they won’t be forced to do anything that’s against their beliefs.
Gunderson returned to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Yankton last month after a year in Afghanistan.
His congregation received a Department of Defense Freedom Award for supporting his service.