ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) - Should gays and lesbians be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military? The audience applauded Texas Rep. Ron Paul's answer.
"We don't get our rights because we're gays or women or minorities. We get our rights from our creator as individuals. So every individual should be treated the same way," Paul said.
"If there is homosexual behavior in the military that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. But if there's heterosexual sexual behavior that is disruptive, it should be dealt with.
"So it isn't the issue of homosexuality. It's the concept and the understanding of individual rights," he said.
Paul called the current "don't ask,don't tell" policy, implemented during the Clinton adminstration, "a decent policy."
What do you think?
–CNN.com writer Kristi Keck
Duh! That is what is called common sense. I can't believe common sense has made it this far in the campaign.
It does not surprise me that Ron Paul has put himself out there as a straight forward, honest ,common sense person. I grew up with Ron in Pittsburgh and knew everyone of his parents, uncles and siblings and he is just a perfect clone of his relatives. What you see and hear is what you get and no hidden adjenda or greed. Thank God for the likes of Ron Paul in our country and Washington that put country over party, Thanks Ron.