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Pentagon report speculation, little risk in lifting DADT,,,,Is it time , NOW?

A not-yet-released Pentagon study has found that lifting the ban on openly gay service will pose little risk to the nation's war efforts, according to sources who spoke with the Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe and Greg Jaffe.

More than 70 percent of troops who filled out a Pentagon survey on "Don't ask, don't tell" said letting gays serve openly would have positive, mixed or nonexistent effects on service members.

Repeal advocates are hailing the report as a major victory for their cause. "A measure of the full-report is still needed, and there are undoubtedly adjustments that will need to be considered as any transition to openly gay service moves forward," said Aaron Belkin, the head of the pro-repeal Palm Center think tank, in a statement to The Upshot.

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 12:45 PM on Nov. 11, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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    Among other things, the report recommends lifting a ban on anal sex in the military whether or not don't ask is repealed by Congress. It also says there should be no official changes to housing policy when gays are allowed to serve openly. Soldiers who object to living with gay comrades should be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, the report concludes.


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 12:46 PM on Nov. 11, 2010

  • The leaked results of the report, which won't be public until Dec. 1, may lend momentum to repeal efforts.

    "The Pentagon has reportedly found what more than 20 other studies already found: that openly gay service does not harm military readiness," Dr. Nathaniel Frank, author of "Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America," said in a statement. "With the unit cohesion debate settled, the question now is political: Will lawmakers who were waiting for these findings keep their word and proceed to an up-or-down vote on whether to end discrimination in our armed forces?"


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 12:47 PM on Nov. 11, 2010

  • Well, d'oh, way to state the obvious. I really don't understand what the hold up has been....

    Answer by Anouck at 12:48 PM on Nov. 11, 2010

  • See...good things are happening.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 1:01 PM on Nov. 11, 2010

  • My prediction is that DADT will never stand for any significant amount of time. especially with conservatives controlling anything.

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 1:04 PM on Nov. 11, 2010

  • Not surprised. Gay and lesbian folks work in all industries, without having to conceal who they are- I've been working since the 70s-never have I had a conversation with any of my co-workers regarding my sex life- Ithink our military members are adult and human enough to incorporate this change- civilly


    Answer by Sisteract at 1:25 PM on Nov. 11, 2010

  • If they can work in society without a problem just as sisteract says, why should the military be able to conceal them? I just don't get the basis for their "over" reaction... Gays have never proven to be a burden to society, why are they treated so in the military!?

    Glad the findings are coming out! Ha, literally.

    Answer by parrishsky at 2:19 PM on Nov. 11, 2010

  • Not surprised. Gay and lesbian folks work in all industries

    Shouldn't this be common sense? :

    The military is a special "industry".

    If it isn't strong and intact, you know what happens, with your social experiment?

    The country is VERY vulnerable. As in, NO COUNTRY!

    So people with any foresight AT ALL will do whatever it takes to make sure it stays strong, no matter what it takes, whomever may be "left out".

    Sorry, we don't want to necessarily be overrun by people who hang, stone, or behead homosexuals, we?


    Very sad for our country, the agendas people have before they think about it.


    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 2:49 PM on Nov. 11, 2010

  • The report isn't a surprise to me. It does nothing to change the fact that 3 pieces of legislation are required. The repeal itself, change in military code making it NOT a crime and legislation with the acceptance parameters. Additionally, there are still hundreds of logistical issues they are working on.


    Answer by yourspecialkid at 3:13 PM on Nov. 11, 2010

  • Grace- this study proves you and your opinions to be wrong as usual.

    Answer by trippyhippy at 5:20 PM on Nov. 11, 2010

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