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Toby Keith Shares His Thoughts on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and Female Soldiers

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When it comes to fighting for our country, Toby Keith believes that a person’s sexual preference should not matter. The ‘American Soldier’ singer recently opened up about his views on the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, which bans openly gay people from serving in the armed forces, explaining that sexual preference has never mattered to him, so he is not sure why it matters so much to others when it comes to defending the U.S.A.

“It’s just such a big issue that people make such a big stink about — ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ … And that sounds like our government: ‘We’ll fix it by saying, ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell.’ Everybody agree, raise your hands. All right, let’s go get a snack,’” Keith said with a laugh to CMT Insider.  “That whole gay issue thing, that’s never bothered me. I’ve never seen what that affects and [why] anybody should care — and they never do affect me.”

The musician continued, “First of all, we’re going to stop somebody from getting a marriage license because they’re gay? You won’t stop them from living together, so what have you accomplished? … Wasting a lot of money here and a lot of time that could be spent working on this deficit that we’re under … I never saw the reasoning behind getting in people’s personal lives.”

“But the military is a tough thing. I don’t worry as much about the heterosexual people fighting as I do … about the gays. … In the military or any class in life, you have people who have problems with it, and I’m wondering how that’s going to be compatible on the battlefield. That’s the only question I have, other than that I don’t care,” Keith said. “You know, I don’t know enough about what they proposed or what they’ve put in place here. … Somebody’s sexual preference is like, ‘Who cares?’”

Although Keith has no personal qualms about gay people serving in the military, he does worry about female soldiers fighting in battle. “In the military, I have a tough time seeing if they put females in the battlefield because you’re not fighting other females when you’re in a fox-hole fighting,” Keith explained. “You’re fighting some evil guys. They’re ready to destroy you. And especially when we get captured, and they get a military female, that just gets me. … ‘Man, what are they doing to her right now?’”

Keith, who also has two daughters, continued, “You can kind of go, ‘They took one of our warriors, and he’s got a fighting chance maybe to get out.’ But if they get a girl, they can completely abuse her, so I have a little bit of a problem with that. But some of them girls are tough as hell too, so … as long as females and the gays and the soldiers are all killers and ready to fight people off … get ‘em!”

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