After hearing some in the audience at the recent GOP debate boo a member of the U.S. Marines for his question regarding gays in the military, I must write.

At the debate, a Marine asked the GOP contenders on stage how they felt about allowing gays to serve in the military. Several members of the audience booed this honorable Marine. Here is the critical point: Not one of those contenders chose to act like a president and defend that Marine's question. Nor did they truly answer his question.

There is logic for their sidestepping, but they should be required to answer a simple question, "Do you agree with the military decision to end the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy regarding gays serving openly in the armed services?" The military has answered that question by ending that policy. If the contenders say they agree with the military decision, they will alienate much of their base voters and seriously jeopardize their ability to win the GOP nomination. If they disagree with the change, they will appear to be opposing our military and looking unfit to be president and jeopardizing their chances with the vast middle.

They need to be asked this question publicly and soon.

Mel Mintz, Pikesville