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Editorial -- Rep. Aspin, Reverse the Ban

Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-Col.) has introduced an bill which, if enacted by Congress, would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the armed forces.

This legislation would most immediately be felt at the Institute in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which would be required to accept homosexual students. Current policy prevents known gays and lesbians from entering the program and forces admitted homosexuals to resign. This kind of discrimination is completely inappropriate.

The Institute has worked positively over the last few years to reverse the ban. President Charles M. Vest's formal support of Schroeder's bill is yet another sign of the administration's sensibility regarding this controversy.

One key player in the upcoming debate on Capitol Hill is today's Commencement speaker, Rep. Les Aspin PhD '66, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee. Thus far, Aspin has remained silent on the issue. We hope that Aspin promptly replaces his silence with strong support of Schroeder's worthwhile legislation.