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...