Pentagon Study Shows Little Risk In Lifting Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Gay Ban
Those who’ve seen a draft of a Pentagon report on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell say it shows that ending that policy would be of little risk to the military.
More than 70 percent of respondents to a survey sent to active-duty and reserve troops over the summer said the effect of repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy would be positive, mixed or nonexistent, said two sources familiar with the document. The survey results led the report’s authors to conclude that objections to openly gay colleagues would drop once troops were able to live and serve alongside them.
One of the sources gave a reason for the revelations:
He said he felt compelled to share the information out of concern that groups opposed to ending the ban would mischaracterize the findings. The long, detailed and nuanced report will almost certainly be used by opponents and supporters of repeal legislation to bolster their positions in what is likely to be a heated and partisan congressional debate.Click here for reuse options!
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