Send to Friend

Story from Country Music News and Entertainment - CountryHound

%message %body

Toby Keith Speaks Out about Gay and Female Soldiers

While many people avoid discussing the issue of the government's repeal of the "Don't' Ask, Don't Tell" military policy, Toby Keith has no problem voicing his beliefs. 
 
"It's just such a big issue that people make such a big stink about - 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,'" Toby says to CMT Insider. "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.' That whole gay issue thing, that's never bothered my. I've never seen what that affects and (why) anybody should care - and they never do affect me."
 
According to Toby, there is no reason for the government to be involved with certain issues, including gay marriage. He says, "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 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."
 
Toby's only real concern about gay people serving openly in the military is the possible negative reactions of others. "The military is a tough thing," says Toby. "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. 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?'"
 
Toby is more concerned about women in the military than he is about gay people, perhaps because he has two daughters of his own. "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 foxhole fighting. You're fighting some evil guys. They're ready to destroy you. Especially when we get captured, and they get a military female, that juts gets me…'Man, what are they doing to her right now?'"
 
No matter gender or sexual orientation, Toby believes that in the end, all that matters is if a person is willing to fight. "As long as females and the gays and the soldiers are killers and ready to fight people off…get 'em."
 
Sources: theboot.com; CMT Insider