The Pentagon released its much-anticipated study on repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) on Tuesday, finding that 70 percent of servicemembers believe the change in policy would have a positive, mixed or no effect. The announcement was accompanied by a full-throated endorsement of allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly by the study’s co-authors, who concluded that there is little risk of disruption to the military if implementation is properly carried out.
Co-authors Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson and Army Gen. Carter Ham told reporters in a press briefing on Tuesday that the study found strong support for implementing repeal, and activists are hoping that lawmakers who were waiting to see the findings will now come out in support of allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly. Furthermore, they made clear that much of the opposition to repeal springs from misinformation.
“The reality is that there are gay men and lesbians already serving in today’s U.S. military, and most Service members recognize this,” said Johnson in his prepared remarks to reporters. “Further, in the course of our assessment, it became apparent to us that, aside from the moral and religious objections to homosexuality, much of the concern about ‘openly’ gay Service members is driven by misperceptions and stereotypes.”
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- Pentagon DADT Report: Little to No Risk in Letting Gays Serve Openly (towleroad.com)
- RECALL DADT NOW – Pentagon Study to be Released Today will say “Little or no Risk” (lezgetreal.com)
- Gates, Mullen to Discuss Pentagon DADT Report with Congress (towleroad.com)
- DADT Posed For Repeal? (themoderatevoice.com)
- Source: Most service members surveyed don’t care about DADT repeal (cnn.com)
- Source: Most service members surveyed don’t care about DADT repeal – CNN (news.google.com)