Iowa’s congressional delegation split 3-2, along party lines, in tonight’s vote on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. The U.S. House voted to repeal the policy and allow homosexuals to serve in the military without fear disclosure of their sexual orientation will lead to their dismissal.
Congressman Leonard Boswell, a Democrat from Des Moines, is the only military veteran among the five Iowans who serve in the U.S. House. Boswell issued a statement, saying “the character and strength of a soldier is reliant on their courage, loyalty, honor and ability to do their job – not their sexuality.”
Boswell and the two other Democrats from Iowa – Congressmen Bruce Braley and Dave Loebsack – voted to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”