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Brazilian General: Gays Soldiers Shouldn't Be in Command


As the U.S. debates "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", a similar issue is making headlines in Brazil:

"A Brazilian general's comment that gay soldiers should not be allowed to ­command troops sparked fierce ­criticism today from gay rights groups and a national lawyers' organisation that champions human rights...Gen Raymundo Nonato told a senate commission considering his appointment to head Brazil's top military court on Wednesday that while gay soldiers won't be ousted if they don't reveal their homosexuality, a gay soldier in a command position 'will not be obeyed by his subordinates in combat situations'. The Senate commission, which had asked Nonato for his views on gays, unanimously approved his appointment...Brazilian gay-rights organizations and the Brazilian Bar Association said Nonato's comments made him unfit for the job as military court chief."

Nonato's remarks (in Portuguese), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I guess he's never heard of Alexander the Great?

    Posted by: JimmyD | Feb 5, 2010 11:00:12 AM

  2. I didn't realize that Brazil had a Don't Ask Don't Tell military policy.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Feb 5, 2010 11:27:18 AM

  3. so basically he's saying .."If a male soldier doesn't eat pussy, or pound pussy with his cock, then your fellow soldiers won't listen to him". Why doesn't he just say what he means...and we all know - THATS WHAT HE MEANS.....Put in that Context its sounds childish,stupid,and ludicrous!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Feb 5, 2010 11:41:38 AM

  4. And since when has the Brazilian military been in combat? ...Other than while staging a coup d'etat, or roughing up some peasants?

    Posted by: Ted B. | Feb 5, 2010 11:58:49 AM

  5. How does he know???

    Posted by: Martin in FLL | Feb 5, 2010 12:08:23 PM

  6. Whatever, dude. Like anyone cares what the Brazilian army thinks. I heard that the police force of the Federated States of Micronesia don't like gays either. It's about as relevant.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Feb 5, 2010 12:49:43 PM

  7. Does Brazil even have an Army? Whats the last thing they fought? The Thomg Imvasion on the beaches in Rio?

    Posted by: Wolf | Feb 5, 2010 1:57:05 PM

  8. The Brazilian military has been very involved in Haiti. They are a regional power. Dismissing them isn't an option.

    Posted by: Karl | Feb 5, 2010 2:36:21 PM

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