Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Results from the long awaited, 10-month study Defense Secretary Robert Gates insisted on before endorsing the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was leaked one day early and it says what we already known anecdotally for years: troops would accept an openly gay person in their units.
The Pentagon study argues that gay troops could serve openly without hurting the military’s ability to fight is expected to re-ignite debate this month on Capitol Hill over repealing the viciously homophobic, 17-year-old Clinton era “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
The survey is based on responses by some 115,000 troops and 44,200 military spouses to more than a half million questionnaires distributed last summer. The study group, led by Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson and Army Gen. Carter Ham, also visited various military bases and held town hall-style meetings with service.
Then-Sen. Barack Obama promised in the 2008 campaign to make repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” a top priority but as president, repealing the ban got lost along the way. It’s going to be very interesting to see what — if anything, happens regarding repealing the policy during the lame duck session of Congress.
If President Obama fails to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” he will effectively lose all credibility with the LGBT community. Let’s see him try to win reelection in 2012 then.