Tuesday, November 30, 2010

From CNN - Pentagon: Letting openly gay troops serve won't hurt military

Here is another news article from CNN about Don't ask don't Tell...

Pentagon: Letting openly gay troops serve won't hurt military
Washington (CNN) -- Allowing openly gay or lesbian troops serve in the military would have little lasting impact on the U.S. armed forces, according to a long-awaited Pentagon review of the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Repealing the policy would have "some limited and isolated disruption to unit cohesion and retention," the year-long study found, but the effects would not be long-lasting or widespread.

"The general lesson we take from ... transformational experiences in history is that in matters of personnel change within the military, predictions and surveys tend to overestimate negative consequences, and underestimate the U.S. military's ability to adapt and incorporate within it ranks the diversity that is reflective of American society at large," the report concluded.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates urged the lame-duck Senate to follow the lead of the House of Representatives and pass a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" before the end of the year. Both President Barack Obama and Gates have endorsed a repeal of the Clinton-era law.

We don't want change imposed by "judicial fiat," Gates warned, referencing a recent string of court opinions calling the legal viability of the current policy into doubt.

A repeal forced by the courts would be the most damaging scenario imaginable, he said. Those who choose not to act legislatively "are rolling the dice" that "change won't be forced by the courts."

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