Military Gays

A group of former soldiers who are gay will visit the University of Colorado campus today in Boulder as part of a seven week college tour that began in February.

The six former soldiers on the Call of Duty group's tour, met with about 40 students and others yesterday at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

They say gays and lesbians in the military shouldn't be treated like second-class citizens while serving their country.

They are pushing for an end to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

The policy bars commanding officers from openly asking, pursuing or harassing a soldier they think might be homosexual.

Retired Rear Admiral Alan Steinman says the policy forces gay and lesbian soldiers to be silent, celibate and lonely.

Defense Department spokesman Glen Flood says the group is entitled to their opinion, but the policy will remain in effect.